[issue9632] Remove sys.setfilesystemencoding()

Marc-Andre Lemburg report at bugs.python.org
Wed Sep 8 09:54:14 CEST 2010

Marc-Andre Lemburg <mal at egenix.com> added the comment:

STINNER Victor wrote:
> STINNER Victor <victor.stinner at haypocalc.com> added the comment:
> "keep the C function"
> Hum, currently, Python3 only has a *private* function called _Py_SetFileSystemEncoding() which can only be called after _Py_InitializeEx() (because it relies on the codecs API). If you consider that there is a real use case, we should create a function to set the filesystem encoding, function that should (have to?) be called before Py_InitializeEx().
> I still think that Python knows better than the application how to set the encoding (when, how to choose it, etc.).

If you embed Python into another application, say as scripting
language for that application, that other application may have
completely different requirements for the user setup than Python
expects, e.g. for a Windows GUI application it's not feasible to
ask the user to change the environment variables via the registry
in order for Python to pick up the right encoding information.

What we'd need is a way for the embedding application to provide this
information in a way that doesn't require setting up the environment
in some special way. The application will likely have its own way
of configuring things like file system or I/O stream encodings. Think
of e.g. GTK or Qt applications as example.

The Py_InitializeEx() function sounds like a good idea to pass the
information about such important extra parameters to Python. This
could take arguments for setting the file system encoding as
well as the I/O encoding. The arguments would then override the env var

So you can remove the function, but have to keep a backdoor open
for use cases like the one I described above.

The Py_InitializeEx()
function approach would also avoid all the issues that you have
with calling _Py_SetFileSystemEncoding() after the interpreter
has been initialized.


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