Python 1.6a2 Unicode bug (was Re: comparing strings and ints)

Aahz Maruch aahz at
Sat Apr 15 18:00:00 EDT 2000

In article <6M1J4.662$rc9.209708544 at>,
Fredrik Lundh <effbot at> wrote:
>otoh, 1.6a2 cannot compare strings safely:
>Python 1.6a2 (#0, Apr  5 2000, 23:56:55)
>Copyright 1991-1995 Stichting Mathematisch Centrum, Amsterdam
>>>> u"abc" < "†„”"
>Traceback (most recent call last):
>  File "<stdin>", line 1, in ?
>ValueError: UTF-8 decoding error: unexpected code byte

That looks like a bug to me.
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