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Problem Encoding/Decoding PDF with MIME::Base64

by DamnDirtyApe (Curate)
on Apr 28, 2004 at 20:57 UTC ( #348952=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

DamnDirtyApe has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

G'day, monks. I've been playing with SQLite alot lately, and I'm trying to find a way to add binary attachments to the database. The SQLite docs recommend Base64 encoding, so I thought I'd experiment with that a bit.

Here's my program to encode files in Base64:

#! /usr/bin/perl use strict; use MIME::Base64 qw( encode_base64 ); use IO::All; encode_base64( io( $ARGV[0] )->slurp ) > io( $ARGV[1] ); __END__

And the matching decode program:

#! /usr/bin/perl use strict; use MIME::Base64 qw( decode_base64 ); use IO::All; decode_base64( io( $ARGV[0] )->slurp ) > io( $ARGV[1] ); __END__

Here's what I tried to test it:

Z:\>perl encode_base64.pl yearsinservice.pdf yis.b64 Z:\>perl decode_base64.pl yis.b64 yis.pdf

When I try to open yis.pdf with Acrobat Reader, it says there's an error in the file. The original PDF works fine. Any suggestions?

UPDATE: I moved these PDFs to my Linux box and used hexdump -C to look at them - it looks like an endline issue (yis.pdf has Windows-style endlines). I tried adding local $/ = "\n"; to each file, but that didn't seem to help.


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binmode binmoding binmode again
by PodMaster (Abbot) on Apr 28, 2004 at 21:21 UTC
    Practically everytime I've seen someone release a module with a slurp function it has always lacked binmode (at first), and IO::All is no different. Know thy tools

    update: granted you could use open IN => ":raw", OUT => ":raw"; to set default disciplines for input and output, but a good slurp function should binmode.

    MJD says "you can't just make shit up and expect the computer to know what you mean, retardo!"
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      Thanks PodMaster, that was it precisely. I rewrote the programs as follows:

      encode_base64.pl:

      #! /usr/bin/perl use strict; use MIME::Base64 qw( encode_base64 ); open INFILE, '<', $ARGV[0]; binmode INFILE; open OUTFILE, '>', $ARGV[1]; my $buf; while ( read( INFILE, $buf, 60 * 57 ) ) { print OUTFILE encode_base64( $buf ); } close OUTFILE; close INFILE; __END__

      decode_base64.pl:

      #! /usr/bin/perl use strict; use MIME::Base64 qw( decode_base64 ); open INFILE, '<', $ARGV[0]; open OUTFILE, '>', $ARGV[1]; binmode OUTFILE; my $buf; while ( $buf = <INFILE> ) { print OUTFILE decode_base64( $buf ); } close OUTFILE; close INFILE; __END__

      The PDF decoded correctly this time. Thanks!


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      Those who know that they are profound strive for clarity. Those who
      would like to seem profound to the crowd strive for obscurity.
                  --Friedrich Nietzsche

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