Convert binary string to something meaningful??

Grant Edwards grante at
Wed Jun 13 16:28:15 CEST 2007

On 2007-06-13, supercooper <supercooper at> wrote:
> I have this string that is being returned from a query on a DBISAM
> database. The field must be some sort of blob, and when I connect to
> the database thru ODBC in MS Access, the field type comes thru as OLE
> Object, and Access cannot read the field (it usually crashes Access).
> I can sorta pick out the data that I need (7.0, 28, 5TH PRINCIPAL MRD,
> 10.0 - and these occur in roughly the same place in every record
> returned from the db), but I am wondering if there is a way to convert
> this. I looked at the struct module, but I really dont know the format
> of the data for sure. For starters, could someone tell me what '\x00'
> more than likely is?

It's a byte where all 8 bits are zeros.  Your data probably has
fixed field widths, and unused bytes are just zero-filled.

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