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RedHat 9 (Linux i386) - man page for ndisasm (redhat section 1)

NDISASM(1)				       General Commands Manual					   NDISASM(1)

ndisasm - the Netwide Disassembler - 80x86 binary file disassembler
ndisasm [ -o origin ] [ -s sync-point [...]] [ -a | -i ] [ -b bits ] [ -u ] [ -e hdrlen ] [ -k offset,length [...]] infile ndisasm -h ndisasm -r
The ndisasm command generates a disassembly listing of the binary file infile and directs it to stdout. OPTIONS -h Causes ndisasm to exit immediately, after giving a summary of its invocation options. -r Causes ndisasm to exit immediately, after displaying its version number. -o origin Specifies the notional load address for the file. This option causes ndisasm to get the addresses it lists down the left hand margin, and the target addresses of PC-relative jumps and calls, right. -s sync-point Manually specifies a synchronisation address, such that ndisasm will not output any machine instruction which encompasses bytes on both sides of the address. Hence the instruction which starts at that address will be correctly disassembled. -e hdrlen Specifies a number of bytes to discard from the beginning of the file before starting disassembly. This does not count towards the calculation of the disassembly offset: the first disassembled instruction will be shown starting at the given load address. -k offset,length Specifies that length bytes, starting from disassembly offset offset, should be skipped over without generating any output. The skipped bytes still count towards the calculation of the disassembly offset. -a or -i Enables automatic (or intelligent) sync mode, in which ndisasm will attempt to guess where synchronisa- tion should be performed, by means of examining the target addresses of the relative jumps and calls it disassembles. -b bits Specifies either 16-bit or 32-bit mode. The default is 16-bit mode. -u Specifies 32-bit mode, more compactly than using `-b 32'. -p vendor Prefers instructions as defined by vendor in case of a conflict. Known vendor names include intel, amd, cyrix, and idt. The default is intel.
ndisasm only disassembles binary files: it has no understanding of the header information present in object or executable files. If you want to disassemble an object file, you should probably be using objdump(1). Auto-sync mode won't necessarily cure all your synchronisation problems: a sync marker can only be placed automatically if a jump or call instruction is found to refer to it before ndisasm actually disassembles that part of the code. Also, if spurious jumps or calls result from disassembling non-machine-code data, sync mark- ers may get placed in strange places. Feel free to turn auto-sync off and go back to doing it manually if nec- essary. ndisasm can only keep track of 8192 sync markers internally at once: this is to do with portability, since DOS machines don't take kindly to more than 64K being allocated at a time.
objdump(1). The Netwide Assembler Project NDISASM(1)

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