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February 23, 2009, 11:12 pm
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using the struct module.
Thanks to some excellent help , I have managed to read in successfully
most of the header . These are some time-voltage traces from a digital
to analog converter for my experiments output according to a format
mentioned here : ( http://www.dataq.com/support/techinfo/ff.htm )
I have a question about how to bitmask a bunch of bytes read in from
such a binary formatted file .
For eg the spec says the first two bytes have different parameters in
different bits .
Byte 1 Byte 0
SN16 SD9 SD8 SD7 SD6 SD5 SD4 SD3 SD2 SD1 SD0 T4 T3 T2 T1 T0
I am reading in the two bytes using the following code
element1_format = struct.Struct("<H")
(element1,) = element1_format.unpack(f.read(2))
Now element1 has type "str" . How do I apply a bitmask to this to get
at information in the component bits .
Since the entire file format has many such bitmasked fields and since
this is my first venture into binary formats and c-type structs , I
wanted to know how to read values inside a byte using python.
My few tries at using bitwise operators ( element1 & 0x001f) are
frustrated by messages that say " unsupported operand type(s) for &:
'str' and 'int' " .
How can I keep my string objects as bits and apply bitmasks to them
Any help in this will be greatly appreciated.