[Python-Dev] Should ftplib use UTF-8 instead of latin-1 encoding?

"Martin v. Löwis" martin at v.loewis.de
Fri Jan 23 21:23:06 CET 2009

> Given that a Unix OS can't know what encoding a filename is in (*),
> I can't see that one could practically implement a Unix FTP server
> in any other way.

However, an ftp server is different. It might start up with an empty
folder, and receive *all* of its files through upload. Then it can
certainly know what encoding the file names have on disk. It *could*
also support operation on pre-existing files, e.g. by providing a
configuration directive telling the encoding of the file names, or
by ignoring all file names that are not encoded in UTF-8.


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