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How do I output hexademical values to a file? I would like to include a 00 hex value at the end of a file in my server. What do I need to do in Perl to achieve this?
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Question by:Aphroditus
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by:makerp
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$number = hex("ffff12c0");

will return the number value of the hex ffff12c0 which is 4,294,906,560

the inverse of this is

printf(lx",$number);

this will print out the hex value of number. so just print your hex value to a file

i.e
$buffer = sprintf("%lx",$number);
print FILEHANDLE $buffer;

will print your hex to the file FILEHANDLE
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by:ozo
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Or do you mean you want
  print FILEHANDLE "\x00";
?
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by:Aphroditus
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makerp, it does not mark the end of my file with the '00' hex when I viewed it with my hex editor. Instead, it had set it to '30'...

help?
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by:Aphroditus
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ozo,

that won't work, cos it would write SCALAR("xxxxxxxx") to the file and that is not what we want
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by:ozo
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What do you mean by SCALAR("xxxxxxxx")?
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by:Aphroditus
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ozo,

lets say i set my cgi script to print the date to a file by using print FILEHANDLE &get_date;

then, when i add another print FILEHANDLE \x00(i want to add another 00 hex code after my date) , it would give me this in my file :

15-Mar-2000SCALAR(0x80512cc)

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ozo earned 50 total points
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#I said
  print FILEHANDLE "\x00";
#not
  print FILEHANDLE \x00;
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by:Aphroditus
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gee... didn't notice that one!
anyway, it worked! didn't know the solution was so simple!

thanks ozo!
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