convert utf-8 to latin-1?

Uwe Mayer merkosh at
Thu Feb 5 18:36:27 CET 2004


in a PyQt application I'm writing, the user can select a filename with a
FileDialog. Then I would like to open this file. This works fine if there
are no "special symbols" in the filename, such as the german umlauts: "ÖÄÜ"

Currently I convert the returned, of what I'm pretty sure its a utf-8 string
object, to a normal string using the str() function. But then my string
contains garbage and I cannot find that file on my ext3 fs (which uses

So my first question is wether you *can* convert it without loosing
something and secondly: how?

Thanks for any pointers - 

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