Yet another unicode WTF
ben+python at benfinney.id.au
Fri Jun 5 02:11:54 EDT 2009
"Gabriel Genellina" <gagsl-py2 at yahoo.com.ar> writes:
> Python knows the terminal encoding (or at least can make a good
> guess), but a file may use *any* encoding you want, completely
> unrelated to your terminal settings.
It may, yes, and the programmer is free to specify any encoding.
> So when stdout is redirected, Python refuses to guess its encoding;
But Python doesn't have to guess; the terminal encoding is as specified
in either case, no?
> see the PYTHONIOENCODING environment variable.
For the standard streams, the specified terminal encoding available to
every program makes the most sense — certainly more sense than a
Python-specific variable, or the “default to ASCII” of the current
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