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Date 2012-10-28.12:43:42
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At least in CPython, format strings can be given as bytes, as an alternative to str. E.g.

>>> struct.unpack(b'>hhl', b'\x00\x01\x00\x02\x00\x00\x00\x03')
(1, 2, 3)

Looking at the source code [1], this appears to be consciously accounted for. But it doesn't seem to be mentioned in the documentation. I think the docs should either say it's a possibility, or warn that it's an implementation detail.

[1] http://hg.python.org/cpython/file/cde4b66699fe/Modules/_struct.c#l1340
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