Unpacking byte strings from a file of unknown size

Scott David Daniels Scott.Daniels at Acm.Org
Tue Oct 28 17:10:03 CET 2008

Mark wrote:
> Thanks I tested your solution and that works.
> One of the things that didn't work was
> for chunk in myfile.read(10):
>     info1, info2, info3 = struct.unpack('<IIH', chunk)
> It gets an error saying unpack requires a string of length 10, which I
> thought chunk would be after the read(10).  I'm still a little
> confused as to why.

this code python interprets as:

     data = myfile.read(10)
     for chunk in data:
         <and here chunk is a single-character string>.

--Scott David Daniels
Scott.Daniels at Acm.Org

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