[New-bugs-announce] [issue1028] Tkinter binding involving Control-spacebar raises unicode error

Kurt B. Kaiser report at bugs.python.org
Sun Aug 26 22:48:31 CEST 2007

New submission from Kurt B. Kaiser:

The control-spacebar binding is used in IDLE to 
force open the completions window.  It's causing 
IDLE to exit with a utf8 decode error.  Attached 
a Tkinter cut-down 
exhibiting the problem and a patch.

The cutdown runs ok on 2.6 but not on py3k because 
the latter uses PyUnicode_FromString on all the 
arguments and errs out when it encounters a 
character outside the utf-8 range.

Strangely, on my system, control-spacebar is 
sending a two byte 
string, C0E8 via the %A parameter.  Control-2 
the same.  Other keys with combinations of 
keys send one byte.

Linux trader 2.6.18-ARCH #1 SMP PREEMPT Sun Nov 
09:14:35 CET 2006 i686 Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 
2.40GHz GenuineIntel GNU/Linux

Can the problem be confirmed?

Using PyUnicode_FromUnicode on %A works because 
unicode string is copied instead of decoded, and 
that parameter is supposed to be unicode, in any 

The patch fixes the problem on my system but 
be reviewed, especially whether the cast in the 
to PyUnicode_FromUnicode is suitably cross-

Assigning to Neal since he's working a lot of 
Unicode issues right now.  I can check it in if I 
get approval.

assignee: nnorwitz
components: Tkinter
files: tkintertest.py
keywords: patch, py3k
messages: 55311
nosy: kbk
severity: normal
status: open
title: Tkinter binding involving Control-spacebar raises unicode error
versions: Python 3.0

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