UnicodeEncodeError - opening encoded URLs

D4rko steelide at gmail.com
Fri Mar 27 22:33:12 CET 2009


I have a problem with urllib2 open() function. My application is
receiving the following request - as I can see in the developement
server console it is properly encoded:

[27/Mar/2009 22:22:29] "GET /[blahblah]/Europa_%C5%9Arodkowa/5 HTTP/
1.1" 500 54572

Then it uses this request parameter as name variable to build
wikipedia link, and tries to acces it with following code:

	url = u'http://pl.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=' + name +
	opener = urllib2.build_opener()
	opener.addheaders = [('User-agent', 'Mozilla/5.0')]
	wikipage = opener.open(url)

Unfortunately, the last line fails with the exception:
UnicodeEncodeError 'ascii' codec can't encode character u'\u015a' in
position 30: ordinal not in range(128).  Using urlencode(url) results
in TypeError "not a valid non-string sequence or mapping object", and
quote(url)  fails because of KeyError u'\u015a' . How can I properly
parse this request to make it work (ie. acces

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