[Numpy-discussion] using loadtxt to load a text file in to a numpy array

Julian Taylor jtaylor.debian at googlemail.com
Fri Jan 17 08:10:19 EST 2014

On Fri, Jan 17, 2014 at 1:44 PM, Oscar Benjamin
<oscar.j.benjamin at gmail.com>wrote:

> On Fri, Jan 17, 2014 at 10:59:27AM +0000, Pauli Virtanen wrote:
> > Julian Taylor <jtaylor.debian <at> googlemail.com> writes:
> > [clip]

> > > For backward compatibility we *cannot* change S.
> Do you mean to say that loadtxt cannot be changed from decoding using
> system
> default, splitting on newlines and whitespace and then encoding the
> substrings
> as latin-1?

unicode dtypes have nothing to do with the loadtxt issue. They are not

> An obvious improvement would be along the lines of what Chris Barker
> suggested: decode as latin-1, do the processing and then reencode as
> latin-1.

no, the right solution is to add an encoding argument.
Its a 4 line patch for python2 and a 2 line patch for python3 and the issue
is solved, I'll file a PR later.

No latin1 de/encoding is required for anything, I don't know why you would
want do to that in this context.
Does opening latin1 files even work with current loadtxt?
It currently uses UTF-8 which is to my knowledge not compatible with latin1.
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