[ubuntu-uk] Reverse engineering data files

Gareth France gareth.france at cliftonts.co.uk
Sun Nov 23 19:23:03 UTC 2014

It is readable, but no more so than if you just load it into perl using 
binmode. I'm currently struggling with identifying the different fields 
within the data. I've been plucking them out manually which is fine for 
the first half then I find some of them are variable length and I have 
no way of identifying where they start.

On 23/11/14 19:20, Paul Sutton wrote:
> Hash: SHA1
> On 22/11/14 22:12, Gareth France wrote:
>> I am a PAT tester and have found over my time in the role that the
>> software is a total rip off! If you purchase a digital camera,
>> scanner, webcam or anything else that interfaces with a PC you get
>> the software to make it go. Spend £1,000 on a PAT tester and you
>> are then expected to pay £300 on top just for the privilege of
>> being able to download the data!
>> The latest version of the software in question is even worse, it
>> costs £109 + VAT annually! And of course it doesn't work on Linux.
>> I have methods of accessing the basic data required but have just
>> found out the latest and greatest machine I would love to have has
>> several features which are only downloadable in their custom format
>> which is not text readable. My machine has the old version of this
>> custom format and the machine I would like uses a revised version.
>> I am told it is very difficult to reverse engineer it.
>> An example of the older file format is here:
>> www.cliftonts.co.uk/SSS
>> So my question is this, how does one go about accessing a file like
>> this when they do not know the format? I have worked with text
>> based files, CSV etc but never something which does not load in a
>> text editor.
>> Any assistance would be appreciated.
>> Thanks Gareth
> What happens if you load in to a Hex editor,
> Paul
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