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How to Open a data format file?

Hi,
Am having a file. I checked that file format by the following command

Code:
file filename

Output is

Code:
filename: data

So the file is data format file
Am trying to view that file so i have used some commands like cat,more so on but it showing the contents like compressed form(full of Symbols). How do I view the exact contents??

I have tried

Code:
more filename

Output

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Well, data is a bit of a catch-all. You can look at it using a text scrren with 'od' or 'cat -vt' to see if it has structure, like linefeeds, tabs, etc. The stuff above looks like a mix of binary and URL.
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cat -vt and od doesn't work for me..
string command works little bit.. but is there any other command to get the exact thing..
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If you use od to find a separator character, you can use tr to change it to linefeed (\12). tr uses octal by default after '\'. For instance, if the lines are carraige return separated:
Code:
tr '\15' '\12' <file | more

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You could try something like:-


Code:
hexdump -C yourfile > texthexdump.txt

This will give a complete text hexdump with ascii dump and relative offstes too...

Just read the text file in the normal way...
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