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Trying to Read MongoDB dump files using BSON

I've been looking at increasing the amount of MongoDB we use at work, and this includes backing up the data. Due to my own confusion, I had a little issue getting mongodump to work, but I have been able to dump from one Mongo database and restore to another.

mongodump writes in a format called Binary JSON, or BSON. I installed with the intention of reading the BSON file and ensuring it works. with small tests, I was able to put objects into BSON, write to file, read from file, and use Data::Dumper to display the object is what I wanted it to be.

But, I find I cannot read the file, because reports it as having an incorrect length.

I fully expect that I'm doing something subtly stupid, but what it could be isn't immediately obvious. the contents of $bson should be exactly as written to file, and mongorestore was happy with it. encode() and decode() had worked acceptably, but admittedly on a much smaller dataset than the one I'm working with here, which contains several months of status updates.

I suppose I don't need to read the BSON files, but I do like being able to check the contents of a database before restoring.