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BCAL(1) User Commands BCAL(1)

bcal - Storage expression calculator.

bcal [-c N] [-f loc] [-s bytes] [expr] [N [unit]] [-b [expr]] [-m] [-d] [-h]

bcal (Byte CALculator) is a command-line utility to help with numerical calculations and expressions involving data storage units, addressing, base conversion etc. It invokes GNU bc for non-storage expressions.
bcal follows Ubuntu's standard unit conversion and notation policy:

* evaluate arithmetic expressions involving storage units
* perform general purpose calculations (using bc)
* convert to IEC/SI standard data storage units
* interactive mode with the last valid result stored for reuse
* show the address in bytes
* show address as LBA:OFFSET
* convert CHS to LBA and vice versa
* base conversion to binary, decimal and hex
* custom sector size, max heads/cylinder and max sectors/track
* minimal dependencies

Interactive mode: bcal enters the REPL mode if no arguments are provided. Storage unit conversion, base conversion and expression evaluation are supported in this mode. The last valid result is stored in the variable r.
Expression: Expression passed as argument in one-shot mode must be within double quotes. Inner spaces are ignored. Supported operators: +, -, *, /, % and C bitwise operators (except ~ due to storage width dependency).
N [unit]: N can be a decimal or '0x' prefixed hex value. unit can be B/KiB/MiB/GiB/TiB/kB/MB/GB/TB following Ubuntu policy. Default is byte. As all of these tokens are unique, unit is case-insensitive.
Numeric representation: Decimal and hex are recognized in expressions and unit conversions. Binary is also recognized in other operations.
Syntax: Prefix hex inputs with '0x', binary inputs with '0b'.
Precision: 128 bits if __uint128_t is available or 64 bits for numerical conversions. Floating point operations use long double. Negative values in storage expressions are unsupported. Only 64-bit operating systems are supported.
Fractional bytes do not exist, because they can't be addressed. bcal shows the floor value of non-integer bytes.
CHS and LBA syntax:
- LBA: 'lLBA-MAX_HEAD-MAX_SECTOR' [NOTE: LBA starts with 'l' (case ignored)]
- CHS: 'cC-H-S-MAX_HEAD-MAX_SECTOR' [NOTE: CHS starts with 'c' (case ignored)]
- Format conversion arguments must be hyphen separated.
- Any unspecified value, including the one preceding the first '-' to the one following the last '-', is considered '0' (zero).
- Examples:
- 'c-50--0x12-' -> C = 0, H = 50, S = 0, MH = 0x12, MS = 0
- 'l50-0x12' -> LBA = 50, MH = 0x12, MS = 0
Default values:
- sector size: 0x200 (512)
- max heads per cylinder: 0x10 (16)
- max sectors per track: 0x3f (63)
bc variables: scale = 10, ibase = 10. last is synced to r when toggling from bc to bcal. Syncing r to last works with GNU bc. bc is not called in minimal output mode.

Show decimal, binary and hex representation of positive integer N.
Convert CHS to LBA or LBA to CHS. loc is hyphen-separated representation of LBA or CHS. Please refer to the Operational Notes section for more details.
Sector size in bytes. Default value is 512.
Start in bc mode. If expression is provided, evaluate in bc and quit.
Show minimal output (e.g. decimal bytes).
Enable debug information and logs.
Show program help, storage sizes on the system and exit.

Toggle bc mode.
Show result from last operation.
Show sizes of storage types.
Show prompt help.
q, double Enter
Quit the program.

Evaluate arithmetic expression of storage units
$ bcal "(5kb+2mb)/3"
$ bcal "5 tb / 12"
$ bcal "2.5mb*3"
$ bcal "(2giB * 2) / (2kib >> 2)"
Convert storage capacity to other units and get address, LBA.
$ bcal 20140115 b
$ bcal 0x1335053 B
$ bcal 0xaabbcc kb
$ bcal 0xdef Gib
Note that the units are case-insensitive.
Convert storage capacity, set sector size to 4096 to calculate LBA.
$ bcal 0xaabbcc kb -s 4096
Convert LBA to CHS.
$ bcal -f l500
$ bcal -f l0x600-18-0x7e
$ bcal -f l0x300-0x12-0x7e
Convert CHS to LBA.
$ bcal -f c10-10-10
$ bcal -f c0x10-0x10-0x10
$ bcal -f c0x10-10-2-0x12
$ bcal -f c-10-2-0x12
$ bcal -f c0x10-10--0x12
Show binary, decimal and hex representations of a number.
$ bcal -c 20140115
$ bcal -c 0b1001100110101000001010011
$ bcal -c 0x1335053
bcal> c 20140115 // Interactive mode
Invoke bc.
$ bcal -b '3.5 * 2.1 + 5.7'
bcal> b // Interactive mode
bc vars: scale = 10, ibase = 10, last = r
bc> 3.5 * 2.1 + 5.7

Arun Prakash Jana <>

Copyright © 2016 Arun Prakash Jana <>
License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <>.
This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.
11 Dec 2018 Version 2.1

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