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Author RalfM
Recipients RalfM, ezio.melotti, vstinner
Date 2015-05-16.22:56:33
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I have an utf-8 encoded file containing single surrogates. Reading this file, specifying surrgatepass, works fine when I read the whole file with .read(), but raises an UnicodeDecodeError when I read the file line by line:

----- start of demo -----
Python 3.4.3 (v3.4.3:9b73f1c3e601, Feb 24 2015, 22:44:40) [MSC v.1600 64 bit (AM
D64)] on win32
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>>> with open("Demo.txt", encoding="utf-8", errors="surrogatepass") as f:
...   s =
>>> "\ud900" in s
>>> with open("Demo.txt", encoding="utf-8", errors="surrogatepass") as f:
...   for line in f:
...     pass
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<stdin>", line 2, in <module>
  File "C:\Python\34x64\lib\", line 319, in decode
    (result, consumed) = self._buffer_decode(data, self.errors, final)
UnicodeDecodeError: 'utf-8' codec can't decode byte 0xed in position 8190: inval
id continuation byte
----- end of demo -----

I attached the file used for the demo such that you can reproduce the problem.

If I change all 0xED bytes in the file to 0xEC (i.e. effectively change all surrogates to non-surrogates), the problem disappears.

The original file I noticed the problem with was 73 MB.  The demo file was derived from the original by removing data around the critical section, keeping the alignment to 16-k-blocks, and then replacing all printable ASCII characters by x.

If I change the file length by adding or removing 16 bytes to / from the beginning of the demo file, the problem disappears, so alignment seems to be an issue.

All this seems to indicate that the utf-8 decoder has problems when used for incremental decoding and a single surrogate appears around the block boundary.
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