python3 - the hardest hello world ever ?
paul at boddie.org.uk
Wed Oct 15 18:21:41 CEST 2008
On 15 Okt, 17:59, Helmut Jarausch <jarau... at skynet.be> wrote:
> Paul Boddie wrote:
> > What does sys.stdout.encoding say? In Python 2.x, at least, that
> It says ansi_x3.4-1968
That's ASCII, yes.
> Where can I change this?
What's your locale? I can provoke the same setting if I run a Python
program like this:
LC_ALL=en_US.ascii python xxx.py
Are you running some kind of GNU/Linux distribution or something else?
If the former, have you installed various language/locale packages? If
you're not sure, which language or country did you select when
installing or configuring your system? This may seem like an odd line
of questioning, but UNIX-like systems have a history of treating
everything as bytes, which works acceptably until you have to take a
stand on what those bytes mean.
Another important question: what does Python 2.x do with the following
You should get three Scandinavian characters if the encoding and
locales match. Otherwise, you'll either get a different output
(indicating a mismatch) or an error (indicating that the environment
cannot handle the characters output by the program). Sometimes you can
persuade a terminal to use a different character set, and this might
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