Unicode error in exefied Python script

Martin v. Löwis martin at v.loewis.de
Mon Jan 20 09:57:13 CET 2003

Tim Daneliuk <tundra at tundraware.com> writes:

>         s += Name of a file
> I got the error you mentioned. After poking at it for a while, I
> discovered that the Win32 API was returning *Unicode* strings, but all
> my stuff was in ASCII. What was truly wierd about it is that the error
> didn't get thrown until the last s += statement, even though the error
> was introduced in the Win32Result statement. Python GURUS: Any idea why
> this is??????

Most likely, "Name of a file" was not an ASCII string, but a byte
string containing non-ASCII characters. As s was already a Unicode
object, that byte string was converted to Unicode, which failed.

You could also have solved this by writing

   s += unicode(Name of file, encoding that your operating system uses
   for file names)


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