Python's 8-bit cleanness deprecated?

Anders J. Munch andersjm at
Thu Feb 6 00:45:24 CET 2003

"Erik Max Francis" <max at> wrote:
> "Anders J. Munch" wrote:
> > Source file encoding has direct consequences for program execution.
> > The shebang and Emacs/vim encoding comments do not.
> That seems to me a distinction without a difference.  The bangpath
> determines (or at least can determine on some operating systems) which
> interpreter gets run; if you require a certain interpreter version and
> have the bangpath set wrong, your script will bomb.  Certainly that has
> direct consequences for program execution.

In the context of how a Python implementation executes a Python program
the shebang line has no effect whatsoever.

- Anders

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