PRC (Palm OS)
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PRC is an archive-like file format associated with Palm OS. It usually stores executable code, and/or resource data.
PRC probably stands for Palm Resource, though it is sometimes said to stand for Palm Resource Code, or Palm Resource Compiler.
It is very similar to PDB, and is sometimes considered to be a subtype of PDB. The main difference is that the resource records have a different format and size.
In many PRC files, ASCII characters "
appl" appear at offset 60. But when they don't, it is not easy to identify a PRC file by its contents.
A few PRC files even have a .pdb file extension. PRC and PDB can be distinguished by the byte at offset 33, which has its low bit set for PRC, and unset for PDB.
 Sample files
- http://cd.textfiles.com/pdasoftware/PILOT/ ...
- http://cd.textfiles.com/palmpilotc/ ... (inside many of the self-extracting ZIP files)
- http://cd.textfiles.com/hhot/PALMP~13/ ...
- PDA Essentials (Issue 27) → contents/Palm/... - CD image from archive.org; may have newer files than the above collections