[Tutor] Converting EBCDIC characters to ASCII

Kent Johnson kent37 at tds.net
Thu Nov 13 18:51:00 CET 2008

On Thu, Nov 13, 2008 at 11:14 AM, Steve Bricker
<bricker.steve at imonmail.com> wrote:
> I am trying to build an application for work that FTPs a file from an IBM
> mainframe to my Windows desktop then process it.  The EBCDIC-to-ASCII
> conversion works nicely (using a BAT file I created) except for three
> packed-decimal data fields (for example, X'0000000000000000014C' is equal to
> integer 14).  I am assuming I need to go through this byte-by-byte to
> convert.  Is that the best approach, or is there a better way?

Python includes an EBCDIC codec. If s is a byte string containing
EBCDIC characters, then
should give you the ASCII equivalent.


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