MirBSD manpage: MIME::Base64(3p)

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     MIME::Base64 - Encoding and decoding of base64 strings


      use MIME::Base64;

      $encoded = encode_base64('Aladdin:open sesame');
      $decoded = decode_base64($encoded);


     This module provides functions to encode and decode strings
     into and from the base64 encoding specified in RFC 2045 -
     MIME (Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions). The base64
     encoding is designed to represent arbitrary sequences of
     octets in a form that need not be humanly readable. A
     65-character subset ([A-Za-z0-9+/=]) of US-ASCII is used,
     enabling 6 bits to be represented per printable character.

     The following functions are provided:

     encode_base64($str, $eol);
         Encode data by calling the encode_base64() function.
         The first argument is the string to encode.  The second
         argument is the line-ending sequence to use.  It is
         optional and defaults to "\n".  The returned encoded
         string is broken into lines of no more than 76 charac-
         ters each and it will end with $eol unless it is empty.
         Pass an empty string as second argument if you do not
         want the encoded string to be broken into lines.

         Decode a base64 string by calling the decode_base64()
         function.  This function takes a single argument which
         is the string to decode and returns the decoded data.

         Any character not part of the 65-character base64 subset
         is silently ignored.  Characters occurring after a '='
         padding character are never decoded.

         If the length of the string to decode, after ignoring
         non-base64 chars, is not a multiple of 4 or if padding
         occurs too early, then a warning is generated if perl is
         running under "-w".

     If you prefer not to import these routines into your
     namespace, you can call them as:

         use MIME::Base64 ();
         $encoded = MIME::Base64::encode($decoded);
         $decoded = MIME::Base64::decode($encoded);

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     The following warnings can be generated if perl is invoked
     with the "-w" switch:

     Premature end of base64 data
         The number of characters to decode is not a multiple of
         4.  Legal base64 data should be padded with one or two
         "=" characters to make its length a multiple of 4.  The
         decoded result will be the same whether the padding is
         present or not.

     Premature padding of base64 data
         The '=' padding character occurs as the first or second
         character in a base64 quartet.

     The following exception can be raised:

     Wide character in subroutine entry
         The string passed to encode_base64() contains characters
         with code above 255.  The base64 encoding is only
         defined for single-byte characters.  Use the Encode
         module to select the byte encoding you want.


     If you want to encode a large file, you should encode it in
     chunks that are a multiple of 57 bytes.  This ensures that
     the base64 lines line up and that you do not end up with
     padding in the middle. 57 bytes of data fills one complete
     base64 line (76 == 57*4/3):

        use MIME::Base64 qw(encode_base64);

        open(FILE, "/var/log/wtmp") or die "$!";
        while (read(FILE, $buf, 60*57)) {
            print encode_base64($buf);

     or if you know you have enough memory

        use MIME::Base64 qw(encode_base64);
        local($/) = undef;  # slurp
        print encode_base64(<STDIN>);

     The same approach as a command line:

        perl -MMIME::Base64 -0777 -ne 'print encode_base64($_)' <file

     Decoding does not need slurp mode if every line contains a
     multiple of four base64 chars:

        perl -MMIME::Base64 -ne 'print decode_base64($_)' <file

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     Perl v5.8 and better allow extended Unicode characters in
     strings. Such strings cannot be encoded directly, as the
     base64 encoding is only defined for single-byte characters.
     The solution is to use the Encode module to select the byte
     encoding you want.  For example:

         use MIME::Base64 qw(encode_base64);
         use Encode qw(encode);

         $encoded = encode_base64(encode("UTF-8", "\x{FFFF}\n"));
         print $encoded;


     Copyright 1995-1999, 2001-2004 Gisle Aas.

     This library is free software; you can redistribute it
     and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.

     Distantly based on LWP::Base64 written by Martijn Koster
     <m.koster@nexor.co.uk> and Joerg Reichelt
     <j.reichelt@nexor.co.uk> and code posted to comp.lang.perl
     <3pd2lp$6gf@wsinti07.win.tue.nl> by Hans Mulder

     The XS implementation uses code from metamail.  Copyright
     1991 Bell Communications Research, Inc. (Bellcore)



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