[New-bugs-announce] [issue8610] Python3/POSIX: errors if file system encoding is None

STINNER Victor report at bugs.python.org
Tue May 4 13:58:58 CEST 2010

New submission from STINNER Victor <victor.stinner at haypocalc.com>:

On POSIX (but not on Mac OS X), Python3 calls get_codeset() to get the file system encoding. If this function fails, sys.getfilesystemencoding() returns None.  PyUnicode_DecodeFSDefaultAndSize() fallbacks to utf-8 whereas subprocess fail:

  File "/home/SHARE/SVN/py3k/Lib/subprocess.py", line 670, in __init__
    restore_signals, start_new_session)
  File "/home/SHARE/SVN/py3k/Lib/subprocess.py", line 1101, in _execute_child
    executable_list = (fs_encode(executable),)
  File "/home/SHARE/SVN/py3k/Lib/subprocess.py", line 1088, in fs_encode
    return s.encode(fs_encoding, 'surrogateescape')
TypeError: encode() argument 1 must be string, not None

We have two choices: raise a fatal error if get_codeset() failed, or fallback to utf-8.

On Windows and Mac OS X, get_codeset() shouldn't be called because the result is just dropped. We should call _PyCodec_Lookup(Py_FileSystemDefaultEncoding) instead to ensure that the file system encoding can be loaded.

components: Interpreter Core, Unicode
messages: 104924
nosy: haypo
priority: normal
severity: normal
status: open
title: Python3/POSIX:  errors if file system encoding is None
versions: Python 3.2

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