[Zope] Problem with WebDAV and non-ascii titles

Dieter Maurer dieter at handshake.de
Mon Mar 31 14:45:21 EDT 2008

Pawel Lewicki wrote at 2008-3-28 15:52 +0100:
>I have a problem with accessing files with non-ascii titles via Enfold 
>Desktop (WebDAV)- Zope 2.10.4).
>Traceback (innermost last):
>   Module ZPublisher.Publish, line 119, in publish
>   Module ZPublisher.mapply, line 88, in mapply
>   Module ZPublisher.Publish, line 42, in call_object
>   Module webdav.Resource, line 286, in PROPFIND
>   Module webdav.davcmds, line 124, in apply
>   Module OFS.PropertySheets, line 344, in dav__allprop
>UnicodeDecodeError: 'ascii' codec can't decode byte 0xc3 in position 47: 
>ordinal not in range(128)

WebDAV is XML technology, therefore essentially unicode.

Apparently, your "title"s are plain strings. Therefore,
Python needs to convert them to unicode at the WebDAV boundary.
Obviously, an encoding is necessary to do this -- and
as no explicit encoding is given, Python's defaultencoding
is used (which defaults to "ascii").

The most proper solution would be to make your "title"s unicode.

If all your plain strings use a common encoding, then
you can set Python's defaultencoding to this encoding.
You must do that at startup (e.g. in "sitecustomize.py"),
as "setdefaultencoding" is removed from "sys" after startup.


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