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Re^2: Distinguishing text from binary data

by Anonymous Monk
on Oct 05, 2004 at 09:49 UTC ( #396536=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: Distinguishing text from binary data
in thread Distinguishing text from binary data

No it isn't a file - it's a body of an HTTP response. I suppose I can write it to a file, although it does seem like a waste...


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Re^3: Distinguishing text from binary data
by dave_the_m (Parson) on Oct 05, 2004 at 10:17 UTC
    No it isn't a file - it's a body of an HTTP response
    In that case, is examining the Content-type: header in the response sufficient?

    Dave.

      I'd tend to agree that the simplest course would probably be to check the headers that came with the data - they should give you the content-type as well as the encoding without you having to make assumptions about what makes the code binary or otherwise.

      --- Jay

      All code is untested unless otherwise stated.

Re^3: Distinguishing text from binary data
by nothingmuch (Priest) on Oct 06, 2004 at 00:21 UTC
    Those tests work on filehandles too, so if you have a socket, that should work.

    perldoc -f -X says it reads the current buffer for FHs, and the first block for files.

    -nuffin
    zz zZ Z Z #!perl

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