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Author ncoghlan
Recipients ncoghlan
Date 2014-09-10.23:55:01
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Inspired by the discussion in issue 9951, I believe it would be appropriate to extend the default handling of the "x" and "X" format characters to accept arbitrary bytes-like objects. The processing of these characters would be as follows:

"x": display a-f as lowercase digits
"X": display A-F as uppercase digits
"#": includes 0x prefix
".precision": chunks output, placing a space after every <precision> bytes
",": uses a comma as the separator, rather than a space

Output order would match binascii.hexlify()


format(b"xyz", "x") -> '78797a'
format(b"xyz", "X") -> '78797A'
format(b"xyz", "#x") -> '0x78797a'

format(b"xyz", ".1x") -> '78 79 7a'
format(b"abcdwxyz", ".4x") -> '61626364 7778797a'
format(b"abcdwxyz", "#.4x") -> '0x61626364 0x7778797a'

format(b"xyz", ",.1x") -> '78,79,7a'
format(b"abcdwxyz", ",.4x") -> '61626364,7778797a'
format(b"abcdwxyz", "#,.4x") -> '0x61626364,0x7778797a'

This approach makes it easy to inspect binary data, with the ability to inject regular spaces or commas to improved readability. Those are the basic features needed to support debugging.

Anything more complicated than that, and we're starting to want something more like the struct module.
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