Just remember, the character data here does not contain '20.345'. If
it did, it would be easy. The data here is in hex and I need to get
it to packed.
To quote Tom Hanks: I don't even want to think about what they're not
teaching you in school! Hex, in this context, is a human's view of the
data. Packed has to do with the way the data is stored. Their usage is not
interchangeable, and neither is in/compatible with the other.
What you've said is equivalent to "I wanted to send data to by friend but
all he received was ones and zeroes."
At any rate, the code found here will, I believe, do exactly what you want.
"Too bad all the people who know how to run the country are busy driving
taxis and cutting hair."
-- George Burns