[IPython-dev] Error in test_unicode for InputSplitter

Robert Kern robert.kern at gmail.com
Fri Oct 29 20:42:31 EDT 2010

On 2010-10-29 19:39 , Min RK wrote:
> 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?

Things like this would work differently on different people's machines. 
Internally, the __hash__/__eq__ relationship between unicode and str objects 
would fail to hold.

> Why is this a configurable option, if everything but ascii is broken?

It's not a configurable option.

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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