bug with unpack('m') / pack('m') ?



Having a strange ruby encoding encounter:

ruby-1.9.2-p180 :618 > s = "a8dnsjg8aiw8jq".ljust(16,'=')
=> "a8dnsjg8aiw8jq=="
ruby-1.9.2-p180 :619 > s.size
=> 16

ruby-1.9.2-p180 :620 > s.unpack('m0')
ArgumentError: invalid base64
from (irb):631:in `unpack'

ruby-1.9.2-p180 :621 > s.unpack('m')
=> ["k\xC7g\xB28<j,<\x8E"]
ruby-1.9.2-p180 :622 > s.unpack('m').first.size
=> 10

ruby-1.9.2-p180 :623 > s.unpack('m').pack('m')
=> "a8dnsjg8aiw8jg==\n"
ruby-1.9.2-p180 :624 > s.unpack('m').pack('m') == s
=> false

Any idea why this is not symmetric!? And why is 'm0' (decode64_strict)
not working at all? The input string is padded out to a multiple of 4
characters in the base64 alphabet. Here it's 14 x 6 bits = 84 bits
which is 10 1/2 8-bit bytes, i.e. 11 bytes. But the decoded string
seems to drop the last nybble?

Am I missing something obvious or is this a bug? Workaround? cf.



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