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utf8forgood
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**Tired of Python's `UnicodeDeocodeError, ascii codec can't decode?`**

Here's how to fix it, once and for all.

1. `$ pip install utf8forgood`
2. in your main program, add

```
import utf8forgood
```
If you like it, make the change permanent in your sitecustomize.py:

```
# /path/to/site-packages/sitecustomize.py
import utf8forgood
```

To find the path to `sitecustomize.py`, run `python -m site` or read up on
the [site-specific configuration hook][8].

Why?
----

In general to the above, the fastest remedy is probably trying out the following, in this order:

1. Use `PYTONIOENCODING=UTF-8 python /path/to/program.py`
2. Use the [`sys.setdefaultencoding`][1] hack. That is, unless you care [what others say][2]
3. Write your own import function to [convert data][3] appropriately, which is generally the [recommended way][4].

After [much consideration][7] and trying option 3 I finally concluded that option 2
is the straight forward way and usually [just does what you want][5], on the off-chance of [getting yourself in trouble][6].

[1]: http://stackoverflow.com/a/17628350/890242
[2]: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/28657010/dangers-of-sys-setdefaultencodingutf-8
[3]: http://stackoverflow.com/a/28760303/890242
[4]: http://stackoverflow.com/a/34378962/890242
[5]: http://stackoverflow.com/a/29558302/890242
[6]: http://stackoverflow.com/a/29561747/890242
[7]: http://stackoverflow.com/a/27745947/890242
[8]: https://docs.python.org/2/library/site.html

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