xor incongruences

Peter Otten __peter__ at web.de
Thu Oct 16 23:16:53 CEST 2008

Michele wrote:

> Hi,
> I write a simple encoder in python and Java; they do the same
> computations, with the same inputs: however they won't produce the same
> output.
> Let me explain with code.
> First of all, you need a test file for input:
> $ dd if=/dev/urandom of=test.img bs=1048576 count=1
> I have attached the code.
> As you can see we have xor-red the same inputs (bitlists are the same,
> thus the selected blocks to xor are the same - you can easily see it,
> whenever a block is xor-red both programs will print out its hash).
> But here comes the strange: the random_block that the
> create_random_block function returns is not the same: in Java this block
> has an hash which is different from the Python one.
> Why?

> random_block = ['0']*blocksize

should be

random_block = ['\0']*blocksize

As John Machin already told you in another thread -- the character "0" is
not the same as the 0-byte "\0".


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