[New-bugs-announce] [issue9771] add an optional "default" argument to tokenize.detect_encoding

Florent Xicluna report at bugs.python.org
Sat Sep 4 13:32:10 CEST 2010

New submission from Florent Xicluna <florent.xicluna at gmail.com>:

The function tokenize.detect_encoding() detects the encoding either in the coding cookie or in the BOM.  If no encoding is found, it returns 'utf-8':

When result is 'utf-8', there's no (easy) way to know if the encoding was really detected in the file, or if it falls back to the default value.

Cases (with utf-8):

 - UTF-8 BOM found, returns ('utf-8-sig', [])
 - cookie on 1st line, returns ('utf-8', [line1])
 - cookie on 2nd line, returns ('utf-8', [line1, line2])
 - no cookie found, returns ('utf-8', [line1, line2])

The proposal is to allow to call the function with a different default value (None or ''), in order to know if the encoding is really detected.

For example, this function could be used by the Tools/scripts/findnocoding.py script.

Patch attached.

components: Library (Lib)
files: detect_encoding_default.diff
keywords: patch
messages: 115567
nosy: flox
priority: normal
severity: normal
stage: patch review
status: open
title: add an optional "default" argument to tokenize.detect_encoding
type: feature request
versions: Python 3.2
Added file: http://bugs.python.org/file18745/detect_encoding_default.diff

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