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Re: Unpacking variable length bit fields

by Limbic~Region (Chancellor)
on Jun 18, 2012 at 20:36 UTC ( #976892=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Unpacking variable length bit fields

Assuming this data is in a string, I would do something like:
my $skip = 0; while ($skip < length($str)) { my ($f1_len, $f2_len, $f3_len) = unpack("x${skip}aaa", $str); $skip += 3; my $field1 = unpack("x${skip}a$f1_len", $str); $skip += $f1_len; # etc }

This is like using seek which is exactly what you were trying to avoid (iteratively calling pack) but if wrapped in the proper abstraction can be very clean.

Update: After reading BrowserUk's response and re-reading your post, I realize I incorrectly assumed you had multiple records in the string - each one with variable length fields. Please ignore me.

Cheers - L~R

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