Storing a binary hash value in a Django model field

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Storing a binary hash value in a Django model field

I have a twenty byte hex hash that I would like to store in a django model. If I use a text field, it’s interpreted as unicode and it comes back garbled.

Currently I’m encoding it and decoding it, which really clutters up the code, because I have to be able to filter by it.

def get_changeset(self):
    return bin(self._changeset)

def set_changeset(self, value):
    self._changeset = hex(value)

changeset = property(get_changeset, set_changeset)

Here’s an example for filtering

Change.objects.get(_changeset=hex(ctx.node()))

This is the approach that was recommended by a django developer, but I’m really struggling to come to terms with the fact that it’s this ugly to just store twenty bytes.

Maybe I’m too much of a purist, but ideally I would be able to write

Change.objects.get(changeset=ctx.node())

The properties allow me to write:

change.changeset = ctx.node()

So that’s as good as I can ask.

I’m assuming if you were writing raw SQL you’d be using a Postgres bytea or a MySQL VARBINARY. There’s a ticket with a patch
(marked “needs testing”) that purportedly makes a field like this (Ticket 2417: Support for binary type fields (aka: bytea in postgres and VARBINARY in mysql)).

Otherwise, you could probably try your hand at writing a custom field type
.

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