decode overwrite variable?

Marc 'BlackJack' Rintsch bj_666 at
Mon Jan 29 07:47:19 CET 2007

In <21235$45bd8f83$d8a87c2a$18298 at NEXICOM.NET>, Jammer wrote:

> Will a failed decode overwrite the variable?
> message = message.decode('iso-8859-1')
> or do I need to do
> msg = message.decode('iso-8859-1')

Why don't you just try?

In [2]: a = u'\u2022'

In [3]: a = a.decode('iso-8859-1')
exceptions.UnicodeEncodeError             Traceback (most recent call last)

/home/marc/<ipython console>

UnicodeEncodeError: 'ascii' codec can't encode character u'\u2022' in position 0: ordinal not in range(128)

In [4]: a
Out[4]: u'\u2022'

	Marc 'BlackJack' Rintsch

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