[I18n-sig] Transparent Encoding

Paul Prescod paulp@ActiveState.com
Fri, 18 May 2001 13:40:37 -0700

"M.-A. Lemburg" wrote:
> I don't see why you want to make unicode-internal the default
> for data_encoding... if you don't want an encoding, you shouldn't
> use EncodedFile() at all.

What's a better idiom for

stream = codecs.EncodeFile(fileobj, "unicode-internal", "utf-8")

I want to a writable fileobj in a transparent UTF-8 encoder? 

Also, in Python 2.1 I just noticed that this code does some weird
pointer thing that crashes Python sometimes:

>>> for i in (1,2,3):
...     codecs.EncodedFile(open("foo.txt","w"), "unicode-internal",
>>> ^Z

Sometimes it crashes immediately and sometimes it only crashes when you
try to shut down Python. I can submit a bug report if you can't diagnose
this easily and haven't heard of it before.

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