A 'raw' codec for binary "strings" in Python?

Erik Max Francis max at alcyone.com
Tue Mar 2 05:12:16 CET 2004

Bill Janssen wrote:

> You'll notice that
> the problem is in *decoding* the string, not in re-encoding it,
> because I'm using the default "C" locale, and "US-ASCII" is presumed
> for strings.  But these strings are *not* US-ASCII, they are raw
> bytes.  How do I format a string of raw bytes for conversion to a
> recognized charset encoding for printing?

Since the default encoding is ASCII, those 8-bit octets have no meaning
unless you do an explicit conversion.  Trying to print them _should_
raise an error, because you're trying to do something that doesn't make

As Gerrit pointed out, it sounds like what you want is repr.

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