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Sqlite3 textfactory and user-defined function

I've run into a problem with text encoding in the Sqlite3 module. I
think it may be a bug. By default sqlite3 converts strings in the
database from UTF-8 to unicode. This conversion can be controlled by
changing the connection's text_factory.

I have a database that stores strings in 8-bit ISO-8859. So, I set
the text_factory to do no conversion. In my database I use user
defined functions. I noticed that even when I set text_factory =
lambda x:x, it appears to do UTF-8 to unicode conversion on strings
that are passed to my user defined function.

I've included a small program that illustrates the problem. It
creates a database and table in memory and then populates 2 rows. One
row contains an ASCII string. The other row contains a string with
the non-ascii string, "Tést".

Then, the program does an SQL select which calls the user-defined
function, my_func(). The resulting row tuples contain 8-bit strings.
But, my_func() is passed unicode strings. Notice, my_func is called
with None instead of "Tést". I suspect this is because the binary
representation of "Tést" is not valid UTF-8.

Is there a way to turn off the UTF-8 to unicode when my_func() is
called? Is this a bug or intended behavior?

import sqlite3

def create_table(db ase):
#dbase.execute( r"""PRAGMA encoding = "UTF-16le";""")
dbase.execute(r """CREATE TABLE `my_table` ( 'id' INTEGER, 'column'
BLOB); """)

def add_rows(dbase) :
c = dbase.cursor()
string1 = "Test"
string2 = "T\xe9st"
print string1
c.execute(r"""I NSERT INTO `my_table` ('id', 'column') VALUES
(?,?)""", (1,string1))
print string2
c.execute(r"""I NSERT INTO `my_table` ('id', 'column') VALUES
(?,?)""", (2,string2,))

def select_rows(dba se):
c = dbase.cursor()
c.execute(r"""S ELECT *, my_func(`column `) FROM `my_table`""")
for row in c:
print row

def factory(x):
print 'x =', x
return x

def my_func(p):
print 'my_func(%r) type = %s' % (p,type(p))

def my_test():
db_path = ":memory:"

os.remove(db_pa th)

dbase = sqlite3.connect (db_path)
dbase.text_fact ory = lambda x:x
dbase.create_fu nction('my_func ', 1, my_func)
create_table(db ase)
select_rows(dba se)


Jun 27 '08 #1
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je***********@h otmail.com wrote:
I've run into a problem with text encoding in the Sqlite3 module. I
think it may be a bug. By default sqlite3 converts strings in the
database from UTF-8 to unicode. This conversion can be controlled by
changing the connection's text_factory.

I have a database that stores strings in 8-bit ISO-8859. So, I set
the text_factory to do no conversion. In my database I use user
defined functions. I noticed that even when I set text_factory =
lambda x:x, it appears to do UTF-8 to unicode conversion on strings
that are passed to my user defined function. [...]
I've answered the same question on the pysqlite mailing list a few weeks

Thread "Trouble with create_function interface to sqlite"


-- Gerhard
Jun 27 '08 #2

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