Question about Reading Files

Peter Otten __peter__ at
Sun Sep 5 10:16:30 CEST 2010

genxtech wrote:

> Hello.  I am still really new to python and I have a project where I
> am trying to use the data files from another program and write a new
> program with new user interface and all.  My first step was to open
> one of the files in 'rb' mode and print the contents, but I am
> unfamiliar with the format.  Here is what was printed to the terminal:
> b'URES\x04\x00\x03\x00\x00\x00\x00\x00\x00\x00\x00\x00\x00\x00\x0f
> \x00\x00\x00\x03\t\x00c\x01\x00\x00\x0c#\x00\x00\x02\x1b\x00\x00\x00Y
> \x00\x00\x00\x08\x98"\x00\x00t\x00\x00\x00\x01\'\x01\x00\x00z$
> \x00\x00\x04,\xa7\x00\x00\xa1%\x00\x00\x05\x0b\x00\x00\x00o$\x00\x00\n
> \x11\x00\x00\x00\xcd\xcc\x00\x00\x0b\xf8\x00\x00\x00\xde\xcc
> \x00\x00\x0c\x19\x00\x00'
> I am using Python 3.1 on a Fedora 13 box if that makes any difference.
> Any advise on how to decode the data would be greatly appreciated.

What's the name of the file?
What's the program that uses the file?
If the source code is available, what library does that program use to read 
the file?


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