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singing the praises of unicode and codecs

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I just wanted to thank Python for making encodings so easy!

I recently discovered that one of the tools I use stores everything in
UTF-8, and so I was getting some off-by-one errors because I was
treating things as strings. I added

def __unicode__(self):
return str(self).decode('utf-8')

to the base object in the hierarchy, and wrapped my popen calls with
readers and writers:

file_in, file_out, file_err = _os.popen3(self.command)
file_in = codecs.getwriter(self.encoding)(file_in)
file_out = codecs.getreader(self.encoding)(file_out)
file_err = codecs.getreader(self.encoding)(file_err)

and voilą! Everything works perfect!

Thank you Python!

Jul 18 '05 #1
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