"convert" string to bytes without changing data (encoding)

Ross Ridge rridge at csclub.uwaterloo.ca
Wed Mar 28 20:05:11 CEST 2012


Ross Ridge <rridge at csclub.uwaterloo.ca> wr=
> Of course it is. =A0Conceptually you're not supposed to think of it that
> way, but a string is stored in memory as a series of bytes.

Chris Angelico  <rosuav at gmail.com> wrote:
>Note that distinction. I said that a string "is not" a series of
>bytes; you say that it "is stored" as bytes.

The distinction is meaningless.  I'm not going argue with you about what
you or I ment by the word "is".

>But a Python Unicode string might be stored in several
>ways; for all you know, it might actually be stored as a sequence of
>apples in a refrigerator, just as long as they can be referenced
>correctly.

But it is in fact only stored in one particular way, as a series of bytes.

>There's no logical Python way to turn that into a series of bytes.

Nonsense.  Play all the semantic games you want, it already is a series
of bytes.

					Ross Ridge

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