[Python-Dev] Why can't I encode/decode base64 without importing a module?

Devin Jeanpierre jeanpierreda at gmail.com
Mon Apr 22 15:50:14 CEST 2013

On Mon, Apr 22, 2013 at 7:39 AM, Calvin Spealman <ironfroggy at gmail.com> wrote:
> if two lines is cumbersome, you're in for a cumbersome life a programmer.

Other encodings are either missing completely from the stdlib, or have
corrupted behavior. For example, string_escape is gone, and
unicode_escape doesn't make any sense anymore -- python code is text,
not bytes, so why does 'abc'.encode('unicode_escape') return bytes? I
don't think this change was thought through completely before it was

I agree base64 is a bad place to pick at the encode/decode changes, though. :(

-- Devin

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