[packagekit] Character encoding woes

Matthias Clasen matthias.clasen at gmail.com
Wed Nov 7 21:38:50 PST 2007

On Nov 7, 2007 11:54 PM, James Bowes <jbowes at dangerouslyinc.com> wrote:
> Hi all:
> The package iwl3945-firmware in Fedora contains a copyright symbol in
> the description. By default when writing to a pipe python will encode
> in ascii, raising an exception when it hits this character. We can get
> around this by using some hacks to wrap sys.stdout/stderr in
> codecs.getwriter('utf=8'), but the backend or frontend does not
> display the results.
> I'm guessing this will require changing some things from vanilla
> character pointers to unicode strings, but I'm not sure. Anyone have
> any ideas ?

Not being a python hacker, I don't have any ideas for a solution, but
just wanted to confirm that packagekit clearly needs to handle
summary, description and file lists containing
non-ascii utf-8. That is inevitable when dealing with translated descriptions.

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