[Tutor] file io: reading an int32 at the end of a file?

Bob Gailer bgailer at sbcglobal.net
Wed Jul 6 23:17:53 CEST 2005

At 01:12 PM 7/6/2005, Marcus Goldfish wrote:
>I have a file format that ends in a 4-byte (int32) number.  I would
>like to read this value in python on a WinXP machine with something
>fname = 'somefile'
>f = open(fname, 'rb')
>offset = f.read()
>... but this doesn't seem to work.  The value that Python returns is:
>    '@\x19\x01\x00'
>but I know from similar code in Matlab that the correct sequence is:
>    64 25 1 0
>Can someone point out my error?

A file is a sequence of characters. That is what Python is showing you. 
Since 3 of them are not "graphic characters" Python displays their 
hexadecimal equivalents.. x19 translated to base 10 is 25. To ask Python to 
(in essence) cast a character to an integer you use the ord function. 
Ord('\x19') will give you integer 25.

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