On Thu, Sep 11, 2014 at 9:42 AM, Ron Adam <ron3200@gmail.com> wrote:

On 09/10/2014 09:40 PM, Nick Coghlan wrote:
On 11 September 2014 11:36, Ron Adam<ron3200@gmail.com>  wrote:
>When working with hex data, I prefer the way hex editors do it.  With pairs
>of hex digits separated by a space.
>      "50 79 74 68 6f 6e"    b'Python'
>But I'm not sure there's a way to make that work cleanly. :-/
I realised (http://bugs.python.org/issue22385) we could potentially
support that style through the string formatting syntax, using the
precision field to specify the number of "bytes per chunk", along with
a couple of the other existing formatting flags in the mini-language:

format(b"xyz", "x") -> '78797a'
format(b"xyz", "X") -> '78797A'
format(b"xyz", "#x") -> '0x78797a'

format(b"xyz", ".1x") -> '78 79 7a'
format(b"abcdwxyz", ".4x") -> '61626364 7778797a'
format(b"abcdwxyz", "#.4x") -> '0x61626364 0x7778797a'

format(b"xyz", ",.1x") -> '78,79,7a'
format(b"abcdwxyz", ",.4x") -> '61626364,7778797a'
format(b"abcdwxyz", "#,.4x") -> '0x61626364,0x7778797a'

Is there a way to go in the other direction?  That is these other hex formats to bytes?

Yes, for the forms not prefixed with '0x':

>>> bytes.fromhex('78797A')
>>> bytes.fromhex('78797a')
>>> bytes.fromhex('78 79 7a')
>>> bytes.fromhex('0x78797a')
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<ipython-input-11-1cc0b196bfc3>", line 1, in <module>
ValueError: non-hexadecimal number found in fromhex() arg at position 0