sax barfs on unicode filenames

John Machin sjmachin at lexicon.net
Wed Oct 4 17:35:12 CEST 2006


Diez B. Roggisch wrote:
> Edward K. Ream wrote:
>
> > Hi.  Presumably this is a easy question, but anyone who understands the
> > sax docs thinks completely differently than I do :-)
> >
> >
> >
> > Following the usual cookbook examples, my app parses an open file as
> > follows::
> >
> >
> >
> > parser = xml.sax.make_parser()
> >
> > parser.setFeature(xml.sax.handler.feature_external_ges,1)
> >
> > # Hopefully the content handler can figure out the encoding from the
> > # <?xml>
> > element.
> >
> > handler = saxContentHandler(c,inputFileName,silent)
> >
> > parser.setContentHandler(handler)
> >
> > parser.parse(theFile)
> >
> >
> >
> > Here 'theFile' is an open file.  Usually this works just fine, but when
>
> Filenames are expected to be bytestrings. So what happens is that the
> unicode string you pass as filename gets implicitly converted using the
> default encoding.
>
> You have to encode the unicode string according to your filesystem
> beforehand.

Not if your filesystem supports Unicode names, as Windows does.
Edward's point is that something is (whether by accident or "design")
trying to coerce it to str, and failing.




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