Extract BITS jobs from QMGR queue and store them as CSV records.
This topic has been presented during a talk at the French conference CORI&IN 2018
If you want to run the latest version of bits_parser you can install it from PyPI by running the following command:
pip install bits_parser
To install it from the sources:
python setup.py install
QMGR queues are usually .dat files located in the folder %%ALLUSERSPROFILE%%\Microsoft\Network\Downloader on a Windows system.
Once those files have been located (e.g. qmgr0.dat and qmgr1.dat) you can run bits_parser by issuing the following command:
bits_parser also supports full-disk analysis but the process is longer and the results are dirtier (some data from adjacent data clusters can leak in the result). This mode is enable with the switch -i:
bits_parser -i image.bin
The disk mode works by looking for expected bit sequences (markers) and collecting surrounding data. The amount of surrounding data (the radiance) is settable and defaulted to 2048 kB:
bits_parser -i --radiance=4096 image.bin
Increasing the radiance could help to retrieve more data but the default value is normally enough.
When the processing is finished, the result is csv-formatted and then displayed on the standard output. The output can be written to a file with -o:
bits_parser -o jobs.csv qmgr0.dat
Use –help to display all options options of bits_parser.