[docs] [issue13700] imaplib.IMAP4.authenticate authobject fails with PLAIN mechanism

Erno Tukia report at bugs.python.org
Tue Jan 3 16:06:16 CET 2012

Erno Tukia <erno.tukia at iki.fi> added the comment:

In Python 2.6 PLAIN authentication works, in Python 3.1 not.

Lib/test/test_imaplib.py does not test IMAP4.authenticate() or IMAP4.login_cram_md5() functions, only IMAP4.login().

I would still like to go back to imaplib._Authenticator.encode() function. The function is below.

# inp = authobject(response)
def encode(self, inp):
    oup = ''
    while inp:
        if len(inp) > 48:
            t = inp[:48]
            inp = inp[48:]
            t = inp
            inp = ''
        e = binascii.b2a_base64(t)
        if e:
            oup = oup + e[:-1]
    return oup

binascii.b2a_base64() takes bytes, so inp must therefore be bytes, and returns bytes (Python 3). Then str + bytes (out + e[:-1]) fails.

The fix would then be changing 
            oup = oup + e[:-1]
            oup = oup + e[:-1].decode()


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