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The documentation says, that the output from pickle.dumps() consists of
"printable ASCII" characters. Does it mean the range from ASCII 32 to
127? Or the expected character range is different?

It would be best, if the character 127 was also excluded :-)

I need this information for creating the text file containing the
pickled Python data (strings, numbers, tuples, lists, nothing else) in
the encoded (enciphered) form.

Tomasz Lisowski
Jul 18 '05 #1
2 1922
Pickle output at least includes "\n" in addition to ASCII 32..126.

I believe that '\x7f' (ascii 127) will not be present in the output:
Strings are dumped in repr-like form, so ASCII 127 will be ouput as a
\x-sequence. Numbers (floats, ints and longs) are also dumped in
repr-like form, and tuples and lists use just a few printable ASCII
characters in 32..126.
string.printabl e '0123456789abcd efghijklmnopqrs tuvwxyzABCDEFGH IJKLMNOPQRSTUVW XYZ!"#$%&\'()*+ ,-./:;<=>?@[\\]^_`{|}~ \t\n\r\x0b\x0c' for c in pickle.dumps([(None), {1j:1L}, "\x7f", 1, 1.]): ... if c not in string.printabl e: raise ValueError, ord(c)


Version: GnuPG v1.2.6 (GNU/Linux)

iD8DBQFBcVmxJd0 1MZaTXX0RAgONAK CIrog9C3i8e9YCv MEYVmqaDg6qmgCg kEji
Nd7Lkv0w2uYRfc4 2yXrXotM=

Jul 18 '05 #2
The documentation says, that the output from pickle.dumps() consists of
"printable ASCII" characters. Does it mean the range from ASCII 32 to
127? Or the expected character range is different?

It would be best, if the character 127 was also excluded :-)

I need this information for creating the text file containing the
pickled Python data (strings, numbers, tuples, lists, nothing else) in
the encoded (enciphered) form.

Test it out on your data. Encoding those objects using:
pickle.dumps(ob j, 0)
I was not able to find any instances of character 127, but that may be
due to my data.

- Josiah

Jul 18 '05 #3

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