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/usr/bin/binhex - replace output file?

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W SCOTT COLE JR Level 1 Level 1 (75 points)
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May 18, 2012 1:22 PM

I want to force the replacement of an already existing output file that would result from "binhex encode foo" or "binhex decode foo.hqx".


The man page tells me to use -f or --force:


-f, --force
          perform the operation even if the output file already exists


but the option isn't recognized:


$ ls


$ binhex encode seq2

$ ls

seq2        seq2.hqx

$ binhex -f seq2.hqx

binhex: invalid option -- f

$ binhex --force seq2.hqx

binhex: unrecognized option `--force'

$ binhex decode -f seq2.hqx

binhex: invalid option -- f

$ rm seq2

$ binhex seq2.hqx

$ ls

seq2        seq2.hqx


Am I misinterpreting the man page, or otherwise doing something silly? I don't want to send the output elsewhere and copy it back later.

iMac (20-inch Mid 2007), Mac OS X (10.7.3)


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