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Explanation of character in alarm file

We are wondering what the significance of the "ZZ" characters are in the HEX output of the alarms files (3.0 code)? We noticed that their is also a "==" in the base64 encoded information and we know that these are padding characters in base64 (4.0 code). Is the "ZZ" padding information in HEX?

We are trying to write a function for mysql to convert the data for us and we need to know what to do with these characters.

thanks,

Geoff

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Re: Explanation of character in alarm file

In version 3.x the "ZZ" seperates the Source Context Buffer from the Destination Context Buffer.

Source Context Buffer are the characters from the source address of the alarms, and vice versa for the Destination Context Buffer.

So you really need two fields in mysql and use the "ZZ" to split the joined Context Buffer into the 2 separate Context Buffers (Source and Destination).

I am not sure what the "==" is used for in 4.0.

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