Convert a list with wrong encoding to utf8

Igor Korot ikorot01 at gmail.com
Thu Feb 14 14:13:34 EST 2019


Hi,

On Thu, Feb 14, 2019 at 1:10 PM <vergos.nikolas at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> Τη Πέμπτη, 14 Φεβρουαρίου 2019 - 8:16:40 μ.μ. UTC+2, ο χρήστης Calvin Spealman έγραψε:
> > If you see something like this
> >
> > '\xce\x86\xce\xba\xce\xb7\xcf\x82
> > \xce\xa4\xcf\x83\xce\xb9\xce\xac\xce\xbc\xce\xb7\xcf\x82'
> >
> > then you don't have a string, you have raw bytes. You don't "encode" bytes,
> > you decode them. If you know this is already encoded as UTF-8 then you just
> > need the decode('utf8') part and *not* the encode('latin1') step.
> >
> > encode() is something that turns text into bytes
> > decode() is something that turns bytes into text
> >
> > So, if you already have bytes and you need text, you should only want to be
> > doing a decode() and you just need to specific the correct encoding.
>
> I Agree but I don't know in what encoding the string is encoded into.
>
> I just tried
>
> names = tuple( [s.decode('utf8') for s in names] )
>
> but i get the error of:
>
> AttributeError("'str' object has no attribute 'decode'",)
>
> but why it says s is a string object? Since we have names in raw bytes is should be a bytes object?
>
> How can i turn names from raw bytes to utf-8 strings?
>
> ps. Who encoded them in raw bytes anyways? Since they fetced directly from the database shouldn't python3 have them stored in names as utf-8 strings? why raw bytes instead?

What DBMS? How do you access the DB?
Maybe the field is BLOB?

Thank you.

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