12.9.1 Packer Objects
Packer instances have the following methods:
- get_buffer ()
Returns the current pack buffer as a string.
- reset ()
Resets the pack buffer to the empty string.
In general, you can pack any of the most common XDR data types by
calling the appropriate
pack_type() method. Each method
takes a single argument, the value to pack. The following simple data
type packing methods are supported: pack_uint(),
pack_int(), pack_enum(), pack_bool(),
pack_uhyper(), and pack_hyper().
- pack_float (value)
Packs the single-precision floating point number value.
- pack_double (value)
Packs the double-precision floating point number value.
The following methods support packing strings, bytes, and opaque data:
- pack_fstring (n, s)
Packs a fixed length string, s. n is the length of the
string but it is not packed into the data buffer. The string
is padded with null bytes if necessary to guaranteed 4 byte alignment.
- pack_fopaque (n, data)
Packs a fixed length opaque data stream, similarly to
- pack_string (s)
Packs a variable length string, s. The length of the string is
first packed as an unsigned integer, then the string data is packed
- pack_opaque (data)
Packs a variable length opaque data string, similarly to
- pack_bytes (bytes)
Packs a variable length byte stream, similarly to pack_string().
The following methods support packing arrays and lists:
- pack_list (list, pack_item)
Packs a list of homogeneous items. This method is useful for
lists with an indeterminate size; i.e. the size is not available until
the entire list has been walked. For each item in the list, an
1 is packed first, followed by the data value
from the list. pack_item is the function that is called to pack
the individual item. At the end of the list, an unsigned integer
0 is packed.
For example, to pack a list of integers, the code might appear like
p = xdrlib.Packer()
p.pack_list([1, 2, 3], p.pack_int)
- pack_farray (n, array, pack_item)
Packs a fixed length list (array) of homogeneous items. n
is the length of the list; it is not packed into the buffer,
but a ValueError exception is raised if
len(array) is not equal to n. As above,
pack_item is the function used to pack each element.
- pack_array (list, pack_item)
Packs a variable length list of homogeneous items. First, the
length of the list is packed as an unsigned integer, then each element
is packed as in pack_farray() above.
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