Author r.david.murray
Recipients Tom.Christie, georg.brandl, r.david.murray
Date 2014-10-30.19:49:58
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No, it is introducing the unicode that is the problem.  Your first example is entirely binary.  It is only when you *mix* binary and unicode that you have encoding problems (because python doesn't know the encoding of the binary data...well, more precisely it doesn't have one).

This confusion is a large part of why python3 exists :)
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