[Python-Dev] deleting setdefaultencoding iin site.py is evil
chris at simplistix.co.uk
Tue Aug 25 18:08:05 CEST 2009
Would anyone object if I removed the deletion of of
sys.setdefaultencoding in site.py?
I'm guessing "yes!" so thought I'd state my reasons now:
This deletion appears to be pretty flimsy; reload(sys) and you have it
back. Which is lucky, because I need it after it's been deleted...
Why? Well, because you can no longer put sitecustomize.py in a
project-specific location (http://bugs.python.org/issue1734860) and
because for some projects the only way I can deal with encoded strings
sensibly is to use setdefaultencoding, in my case at the start of a
script generated by zc.buildout's zc.recipe.egg (I *know* all the
encodings in this project are utf-8, but I don't want to go playing
whack-a-mole with whatever modules this rather large project uses that
haven't been made properly unicode aware).
Yes, it needs to be used as early as possible, and the docs should say
this, but deleting it seems to be petty in terms of stopping its use
when sitecustomize.py is too early and too system-wide and spraying
.decode('utf-8')'s all over a code base made up of a load of eggs
managed by buildout simply isn't feasible...
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