[Python-Dev] unicode Exception messages in py2.7

Benjamin Peterson benjamin at python.org
Thu Nov 14 22:02:40 CET 2013

2013/11/14 Chris Barker <chris.barker at noaa.gov>:
> So a proposal:
> Use 'replace" mode for the encoding to the default, and at least the
> user would see SOMETHING of the message. In a common case, it would be
> a lot of ascii, and in the worse case it would be a lot of question
> marks -- still better than a totally blank message.
> Another option would be to use the str(repr(the_message)) so the user
> would get the escaped version. Though I think that would be more ugly.

Unfortunately both of these things change behavior so cannot be
changed in Python 2.7.

> What am I missing? This seems so obvious, and easy to do (though maybe
> it's buried in the C implementation of Exceptions)


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