struct unpack issue

Ping Zhao ioceanio at gmail.com
Sat Jun 14 03:27:34 CEST 2008


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Hi,

I am writing a small program to decode MS bitmap image. When I use statements as follow, it works fine:

header['sig'] =  str(struct.unpack('2s', self.__read(src, 2))[0])
header['len'] =  int(struct.unpack('1i', self.__read(src, 4))[0])

However, when I tried to rewrite them in short:

header = struct.unpack('2s1i', self.__read(src, 6))

The Python interpreter in my Linux box came up with an error:

...
header = struct.unpack('2s1i', self.__read(src, 6))
File "/usr/lib/python2.5/struct.py", line 87, in unpack
return o.unpack(s)
struct.error: unpack requires a string argument of length 8

It was weired that the required argument length increased to 8. Any idea on this? I am using a 32bit pentium-m and the picture file was stored in little-edian format.

Sincerely,

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