Detecting Binary content in files
steven at REMOVE.THIS.cybersource.com.au
Wed Apr 1 02:39:00 CEST 2009
On Tue, 31 Mar 2009 09:23:05 -0700, ritu wrote:
> I'm wondering if Python has a utility to detect binary content in files?
Define binary content.
> Or if anyone has any ideas on how that can be accomplished?
Step one: read the file.
Step two: does any of the data you have read match your definition of
binary content? If so, then you have detected binary content.
Step three: there is no step three.
> I haven't
> been able to find any useful information to accomplish this (my other
> option is to fire off a perl script from within m python script that
> will tell me whether the file is binary), so any pointers will be
Look at the perl script and see how it does it. Does it give false
positives for Unicode text files?
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