Integers need to be created on the fly when an html file is being requested.
I just tried:
pin = int( htmlpage.encode("hex"), 16 )
but that also fails.
The number needs to be a 4-digit integer only, if its to be stored in the database table correctly. So hex encoding is not usefull here.
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