would be nice if there would be an escape hatch for situations where
the value of locale.getpreferredencoding() can't be changed (eg: windows - try changing that to utf8
) in the form of an environment variable like PYTHONPREFERREDENCODING (or something like that).
idea is that it would override the default encoding for open() for
platforms/situations where it's infeasible to manually specify the
encoding to open (eg: lots of old code) or change locale to something
I've found an old thread
about this problem but to my bewilderment no one considered using an environment variable.