[New-bugs-announce] [issue13395] Python ISO-8859-1 encoding problem

Hugo Silva report at bugs.python.org
Sun Nov 13 09:26:23 CET 2011

New submission from Hugo Silva <hugoslv at gmail.com>:

Hi all,

I'm facing a huge encoding problem in Python when dealing with ISO-8859-1 / Latin-1 character set.

When using os.listdir to get the contents of a folder I'm getting the strings encoded in ISO-8859-1 (ex: ''Ol\xe1 Mundo''), however in the Python interpreter the same string is encoded to a different charset:

In : 'Olá Mundo'.decode('latin-1')
Out: u'Ol\xa0 Mundo'

How can I force Python to decode the string to the same format. I've seen that os.listdir is returning the strings correctly encoded but the interpreter is not ('á' character corresponds to '\xe1' in ISO-8859-1, not to '\xa0'):


This is happening 

Any thoughts on how to overcome ?


components: Unicode
messages: 147552
nosy: Hugo.Silva, ezio.melotti
priority: normal
severity: normal
status: open
title: Python ISO-8859-1 encoding problem
versions: Python 2.7

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