Linux tip, Fedora tip / howto: decoding a Skype timestamp
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decoding a Skype timestampFrom a Skype group chat I needed to recover the time it was held. Unfortunately there is no easy way to access the group chat log from Skype.
identify the Skype log fileIn the steps below, replace "skypename" by your skype login name, and "messagetext" by some (fairly unique) message text you remember from the chat.
identify the location of the message in the log file
decode the timestampFor whatever reason, the message timestamp is the standard Linux time() timestamp (number of seconds since Jan. 1, 1970), but stored in 5 bytes in a strange way.
Coming up: a program to do this last decoding step for you, given the 5 bytes found in the message log.
For the record: this tip last modified March 24, 2008. Tested using Skype 22.214.171.124 under Fedora 8.
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