Michael Hudson mwh at
Fri Jul 9 14:15:33 CEST 2004

Andreas Lobinger <andreas.lobinger at> writes:

> Aloha,
> Michael Hudson wrote:
> > Andreas Lobinger <andreas.lobinger at> writes:
> >>can anyone here recommend a implementation for bitstreams?
> >>
> >>For a project i need to extract bitfields from a file containing
> >>one large bitstream (length >> 1000bit). The bitfields (1bit-24bit)
> >>are not aligned to char boundaries (8bit).
> > Well, a thousand bits really isn't very many.  Read the lot and slurp
> > it into a long?  
> Thanks to both replies by now. Two points. length>>1000bits means
> that i'm talking about an implementation that runs up to 1000000bits.

Oh :-)

> In the moment i'm working with a string in memory and use a state
> maschine to get to the first byte, use string.struct to get
> the word/long containing all bits and a little bit masking.


> There is no real problem writing code for this, but i thought that
> it could be that there are already implementations for bitstreams
> f.e. mpeg-reading, a zlib implementation or other coding/decoding
> things...

Not to my knowledge!  Such things are generally done by C libraries
that are then wrapped for use by Python, in my experience.

Writing a C extension to do what you need probably isn't amazingly
hard (so long as you don't need bitfields wider than the machine word
size I guess).


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   attention to the irrelevant.
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