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"Simple is better than complex", Tim Peters, The Zen Of Python

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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

# /path/to/site-packages/
import utf8forgood

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


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/`
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].


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