Convert a list with wrong encoding to utf8

David Raymond David.Raymond at
Thu Feb 14 15:17:49 EST 2019

Next question is how did you _insert_ those names into the database previously? Are the names showing up ok using any other tool to look at them?

The error might have been on insert and you're just seeing weird stuff now because of that. Maybe, where instead of giving it the text and letting the module deal with encodings, you gave it the raw UTF-8 encoding, and the module or db server said "let me encode that into the field or database defined default of latin-1 for you"... or something like that.

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Τη Πέμπτη, 14 Φεβρουαρίου 2019 - 8:56:31 μ.μ. UTC+2, ο χρήστης MRAB έγραψε:

> It doesn't have a 'b' prefix, so either it's Python 2 or it's a Unicode 
> string that was decoded wrongly from the bytes.

Yes it doesnt have the 'b' prefix so that hexadecimal are representation of strings and not representation of bytes.

I just tried:

names = tuple( [s.encode('latin1').decode('utf8') for s in names] )

but i get
UnicodeEncodeError('latin-1', 'Άκης Τσιάμης', 0, 4, 'ordinal not in range(256)')

'Άκης Τσιάμης' is a valid name but even so it gives an error.

Is it possible that Python3 a Unicode had the string wrongly decoded from the bytes ?

What can i do to get the names?!

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