Checking for binary data in a string
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Fri Jun 19 23:12:10 CEST 2009
On 2009-06-19, Mitko Haralanov <mitko at qlogic.com> wrote:
> I have a question about finding out whether a string contains
> binary data?
All strings contain binary data. Unless you've invented
ternary logic and built a computer with it. ;)
> If I read in a string containing some binary data from the file, the
> type of that string is <type 'str'> which is not different from any
> other string, so I can't use that as a check.
> The only other check that I can think of is to check every
> character in the read-in string against string.printable but
> that will take a long time.
There's no such thing as a free lunch.
If you want to know if some condition is true for every octet
in a string, then you have to check whether it's true for every
character in the string -- until you find it to be false.
IOW, you can stop when you find the first non-printable octect.
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