Perl: Removing NULL characters (0x00)

David Smith DavidSmith at
Sat Mar 5 13:39:59 MST 2005

<quote who="Alan Young">
> On Fri, 04 Mar 2005 17:36:50 -0700, Peter Bowen <peter at>
> wrote:
>>  I suggested it because this is what pack/unpack was designed to do...
>> extract data from streams.  In this case a null terminated string.
> Seems to me a trivial usage of pack, and not as clear to follow up
> programmers.  I'd automatically look for more than was there.  Plus,
> he didn't say he wanted to get rid of *all* nulls, just at the end of
> the string.  You're example would strip the nulls.

Just to conclude this thread, I can report that chop worked fine for
removing the trailing NULL. Howver, in the end, I configured the server to
not append 0x00 to strings sent to the client.


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