In Recovery Mode, I was trying to access my password hashes, except bash 3.2 returned command not found for xxd.

Any help would be appreciated.

  • I can't access my recovery partition now, but 'od' has a hex mode. Does recovery have that? – William T Froggard Dec 22 '15 at 13:08

The recovery partition neither contains xxd nor od. Use the one installed to the main OS X volume by entering:


Don't forget to escape spaces in the name of your main OS X volume with a backslash. If you want to save something to a file also use your main volume. The Base OS X you are booted to is read-only and all the smaller r/w disks with less than ~50 MB are lost after a restart because they are in RAM.

  • Or quote the command line if it has spaces, but not both. – user3439894 Dec 22 '15 at 13:26
  • As a side q, what does xxd do? – Flare Cat Dec 22 '15 at 23:22
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    @FlareCat, Read the man page for xxd. From man xxd: "xxd - make a hexdump or do the reverse." – user3439894 Dec 23 '15 at 4:24
  • @user3439894 oh sorry, completely forgot about man. – Flare Cat Dec 23 '15 at 11:01

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