shutil.copy Problem

Leo Kislov Leo.Kislov at
Tue Mar 27 07:05:45 CEST 2007

On Mar 26, 8:10 pm, David Nicolson <davidnicols... at> wrote:
> Hi,
> I wasn't exactly sure where to send this, I don't know if it is a bug  
> in Python or not. This is rare, but it has occurred a few times and  
> seems to be reproducible for those who experience it.
> Examine this code:
>  >>> try:
>  >>>     shutil.copy("/file.xml","/Volumes/External/file.xml")
>  >>> except Exception, err:
>  >>>     print sys.exc_info()[0]
>  >>>     print err
> This is the output:
> exceptions.UnicodeDecodeError
> 'ascii' codec can't decode byte 0xd6 in position 26: ordinal not in  
> range(128)]
> What could the possible cause of this be?

Show us traceback, without it I doubt anyone can help.

> Shouldn't shutil simply be  
> reading and writing the bytes and not character decoding them?

Yes, shutil.copy copies content verbatim.

  -- Leo

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