opening files with names in non-english characters.

venutaurus539 at venutaurus539 at
Mon Feb 23 22:29:07 EST 2009

On Feb 23, 11:02 pm, Chris Rebert <c... at> wrote:
> On Mon, Feb 23, 2009 at 5:51 AM, venutaurus... at
> <venutaurus... at> wrote:
> > Hi all,
> >          I am trying to find the attributes of afile whose name has
> > non english characters one like given below. When I try to run my
> > python scirpt, it fails giving out an error filename must be in string
> > or UNICODE. When i try to copy the name of the file as a strinig, it
> > (KOMODO IDE) is not allowing me to save the script saying that it
> > cannot convert some of the characters in the current encoding which is
> > Western European(CP-1252).
> > 0010testUnicode_ėíîïðņōóôõöũøųúûüýþĸ !#$%&'()+,-.
> > 0123456789;=... at ABCD.txt.txt
> (1) How are you entering or retrieving that filename?
> (2) Please provide the exact error and Traceback you're getting.
> Cheers,
> Chris
> --
> Follow the path of the Iguana...

        First of all thanks for your response. I've written a function
as shown below to recurse a directory and return a file based on the
value of n. I am calling this fucntion from my main code to catch that
filename. The folder which it recurses through contains a folder
having files with unicode names (as an example i've given earlier.
def findFile(dir_path):
    for name in os.listdir(dir_path):
        full_path = os.path.join(dir_path, name)
        print full_path
        if os.path.isdir(full_path):
            n = n - 1
            if(n ==0):
                return full_path
                    The problem is in the return statement. In the
function when I tried to print the file name, it is printing properly
but the receiving variable is not getting populated with the file
name. The below code (1st statement) shows the value of the full_path
variable while the control is at the return statement. The second
statement is in the main code from where the function call has been
Once the control has reached the main procedure after executing the
findFile procedure, the third statement gives the status of file
variable which has type as NoneType and value as None. Now when I try
to check if the path exists, it fails giving the below trace back.

file = findFile(fpath)

This is the final trace back:

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "C:\", line 268, in <module>
    if os.path.exists(file):
  File "C:\Python26\lib\", line 18, in exists
    st = os.stat(path)
TypeError: coercing to Unicode: need string or buffer, NoneType found


Please ask if you need any further information.

Thank you,

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