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printf treats first char after single ' as numeric equivalent
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the shortest command for character 'a' i know
uses the previous "chr" function and uses it to create the inverse function "ord" by brute force.
It's slow, It's inelegant, but it works.
I thought I needed ord/chr to do a cartesian cipher in shell script a whie ago, but eventualy I realized I could get fancy with tr and do the same thing...
If you can do better, submit your command here.
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