On Thu, Apr 9, 2009 at 6:01 AM, Barry Warsaw <barry@python.org> wrote:
Anyway, aside from that decision, I haven't come up with an elegant way to allow /output/ in both bytes and strings (input is I think theoretically easier by sniffing the arguments).

Won't this work? (assuming dumps() always returns a string)

def dumpb(obj, encoding='utf-8', *args, **kw):
    s = dumps(obj, *args, **kw)
    return s.encode(encoding)
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