[issue10284] Exception raised when decoding NNTP newsgroup descriptions

Julien ÉLIE report at bugs.python.org
Mon Nov 1 22:28:29 CET 2010

Julien ÉLIE <julien at trigofacile.com> added the comment:

Éric:  there is no notion of encoding in a few NNTP commands.
Regarding AUTHINFO, the real string that I should have written is:


7-bit bytes are considered to be encoded in ASCII.
8-bit bytes are just 8-bit bytes.  No encoding.

The news client and the news server have to agree on the setting.  Authentification occurs between them.
I can imagine the news client in ISO-8859-1 and the news server in ISO-8859-15, and a password with a « € » sign in.  Then the password will not be the "same" (when entered on the keyboard), but will match in bytes!

I hope my explanation was clear enough now.
No encoding, just byte strings here!


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