I am working with an Oracle database that contains a number of long raw data fields. I don't have information on how the data is stored into these fields - I just know that what should come out would be some variation on ascii.
I know a little about Perl::DBI but am not a complete expert, although I have read the O'Reilly book and did RTFM. So assuming I can do a select query to get the long raw data, how might I go about extracting what is in there? Basically I'm looking for some tests to try and figure out how the data has been stored so that I can better understand how to do this extraction. Could someone please give me a few ideas so that I can at least get started here?
Thanks in advance for the wit and wisdom.
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