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Base64 is a command that turns data into text or reverses that process, following the recommendations of RFC 3548. This is used primarily for safely transmitting data in email communications.

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Most (all?) Linux distributions incorporate this from the GNU Coreutils: and use its man page

Related Commands

These all relate to the output or processing of entire files

  • cat -- concatenate files into a single result.
  • tac -- line-reversed cat
  • rev -- character-reversed cat
  • nl -- output with line numbers
  • od -- dump in octal and other character representations.

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