If you are using utf-8 documents in Python, you may occasionally run into this error:
UnicodeDecodeError: 'ascii' codec can't decode byte 0xc2 in position 124106: ordinal not in range(128)
The fix is trivial!
First, you need to find out which UTF-8 languages you have installed. In this example, I grep for en as I want the English packages.
locale -a | grep utf8 | grep en en_AG.utf8 en_AU.utf8 en_BW.utf8 en_CA.utf8 en_DK.utf8 en_GB.utf8 en_HK.utf8 en_IE.utf8 en_IN.utf8 en_NG.utf8 en_NZ.utf8 en_PH.utf8 en_SG.utf8 en_US.utf8 en_ZA.utf8 en_ZW.utf8
Out of these, I want to choose en_US.utf8
Now all I need to do is export the appropriate environment variable:
And the code will just work*
*With Python 3. It may not work with Python 2. Yet another reason to change!