Fastcharmap is about 5 times faster than Python’s charmap routines.
Fastcharmap inserts faster code that works when unicode() or “”.encode are called. Installation requires a binary distribution or a C compiler; Pyrex is required for changes to the source. Python’s developers are working on faster charmap codecs for a future version of Python; fastcharmap may be useful until then.
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