[IPython-dev] Error in test_unicode for InputSplitter

Min RK benjaminrk at gmail.com
Fri Oct 29 20:39:03 EDT 2010

My mistake.  I do remember there being an earlier problem related to someone's default encoding.

What would be broken if Python's default encoding were utf8?  Why is this a configurable option, if everything but ascii is broken?


On Oct 29, 2010, at 17:26, Robert Kern <robert.kern at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 2010-10-29 18:48 , MinRK wrote:
>> Check the default encoding.  It could be that your Python's default encoding is
>> ascii, or some other such thing, causing a problem.
>> sys.getdefaultencoding()
>> Somethings this is utf8, sometimes it's ascii.
> It should never, ever be anything but ascii. If you have it set to something 
> else, you have a broken Python.
> -- 
> Robert Kern
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>  that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had
>  an underlying truth."
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