Can anyone point me at a decent hex viewer for Solaris? Looking for something with a front-end similar to bless on Ubuntu or Binary Viewer on Windows or ..almost the Delta Hex Editor Netbeans plugin.

This means:

  1. Dual highlight of character vs. hex data. (my cursor shows me where I am in both windows)
  2. Conversion of data under cursor to various int/float types with little/big endian toggle.
  3. Ability to edit data a bonus.

The Netbeans plugin is problematic because Netbeans is slow to start, and it doesn't satisfy criteria #1. So I'm mostly using bvi at the moment. X-Windows or console is fine.

  • Which CPU architecture do you run Solaris on? Commented Aug 14, 2017 at 19:58
  • sparc v9 (I think this is called an UltraSparc, and I'm sure at one point it was faster than my phone)--edit: I shouldn't talk smack. I actually think something's wrong with our particular machine.
    – zzxyz
    Commented Aug 14, 2017 at 23:21

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As author of Delta Hex Editor plugin (nice to hear someone is actually using it), I would like to note, that there is also standalone Java/Swing application available on deltahex.exbin.org. Should start a little bit faster than whole IDE + plugin.

Side panel with various values is currently available only in development version thou. And only bits are editable for now...

And as to criteria #1, cursor is visible in both sections. Maybe it is hard to spot? I could fix that if that is the case.


As far as I understand, Solaris 5.11 comes with GNOME 2. Check if it has GHex in its package repository (no idea what that looks like on Solaris). If not, you should be able to install the development files for GTK+, grab the sources for an older version of GHex (like 2.24) and build them manually.

  • No ghex, and old GTK, but it didn't even occur to me to grab old code. That should work. And looks to be the only option
    – zzxyz
    Commented Aug 13, 2017 at 20:57
  • Well, 12 working hours later and I've given up on compiling the old version of GHex. Perl's XML::Parser is required for the install, and down the rabbit hole I went. Long story short, the packaged version of Perl is "troubled", and does not know how to use the C compiler on this machine (gcc), which CPAN (some Perl tool I now know way too much about) requires to build XML::Parser. Dear lord.
    – zzxyz
    Commented Aug 14, 2017 at 18:57

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