[Python-Dev] UnicodeDecodeError bug in distutils

Ben Finney ben+python at benfinney.id.au
Fri Apr 3 02:25:57 CEST 2009

"Phillip J. Eby" <pje at telecommunity.com> writes:

> However, there's currently no standard, as far as I know, for what
> encoding the PKG-INFO file should use.

Who would define such a standard? My vote goes for “default is UTF-8”.

> Meanwhile, the 'register' command accepts Unicode, but is broken in
> handling it. […]
> Unfortunately, this isn't fixable until there's a new 2.5.x release.
> For previous Python versions, both register and write_pkg_info()
> accepted 8-bit strings and passed them on as-is, so the only
> workaround for this issue at the moment is to revert to Python 2.4
> or less.

What is the prognosis on this issue? It's still hitting me in Python

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Ben Finney

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