[Python-Dev] PEP 383: Non-decodable Bytes in System Character Interfaces

Zooko O'Whielacronx zooko at zooko.com
Tue Apr 28 20:51:43 CEST 2009

On Apr 28, 2009, at 6:46 AM, Hrvoje Niksic wrote:

> Are you proposing to unconditionally encode file names as  
> iso8859-15, or to do so only when undecodeable bytes are encountered?

For what it is worth, what we have previously planned to do for the  
Tahoe project is the second of these -- decode using some 1-byte  
encoding such as iso-8859-1, iso-8859-15, or windows-1252 only in the  
case that attempting to decode the bytes using the local alleged  
encoding failed.

> If you switch to iso8859-15 only in the presence of undecodable  
> UTF-8, then you have the same round-trip problem as the PEP: both  
> b'\xff' and b'\xc3\xbf' will be converted to u'\u00ff' without a  
> way to unambiguously recover the original file name.

Why do you say that?  It seems to work as I expected here:

 >>> '\xff'.decode('iso-8859-15')
 >>> '\xc3\xbf'.decode('iso-8859-15')
 >>> '\xff'.decode('cp1252')
 >>> '\xc3\xbf'.decode('cp1252')



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