MemoryError with parser.suite and wrong encoding declaration

Sylvain Thenault sylvain.thenault at
Tue Jan 18 09:11:44 EST 2005

Hi there !
I've noticed the following problem with python >= 2.3 (actually 2.3.4 and

syt at musca:test$ python
Python 2.3.4 (#2, Sep 24 2004, 08:39:09)
[GCC 3.3.4 (Debian 1:3.3.4-12)] on linux2
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
>>> import parser
>>> parser.suite('# -*- coding: IBO-8859-1 -*-')
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<stdin>", line 1, in ?
>>> parser.suite('# -*- coding: ISO-8859-1 -*-')
< object at 0xb7e5e060>

Shouldn't parser.suite just ignore the wrong encoding declaration, or at
least raise a more appropriate exception. IMHO the first solution
would be better, since that's the behaviour of the (C) python interpreter.

Sylvain Thénault                               LOGILAB, Paris (France).

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