[Mailman-Users] What causes "decoding Unicode is not supported"?

Mark Sapiro mark at msapiro.net
Wed Sep 2 02:04:28 CEST 2009

Rosenbaum, Larry M. wrote:

>We are running Mailman 2.1.12 on Solaris 9 SPARC, Python 2.4.2. What causes the following "decoding Unicode is not supported" error message?  I've looked at digest.mbox and didn't find any Unicode.
>Your "cron" job on ornl71
>/usr/local/bin/python -S /usr/local/mailman/cron/senddigests
>produced the following output:
>List: dcaplusplus: problem processing /usr/local/mailman/lists/dcaplusplus/digest.mbox:
>decoding Unicode is not supported

I think this may be the "Mailman 2.1.12 is not compatible with python
2.4.x (x>3)" issue. See the March 2009 note at the end of the FAQ at

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