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bug#5794: 23.1; UnicodeEncodeError in python-shell

From: Dave Love
Subject: bug#5794: 23.1; UnicodeEncodeError in python-shell
Date: Tue, 13 Apr 2010 00:04:58 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.110011 (No Gnus v0.11) Emacs/21.4 (gnu/linux)

Chong Yidong <address@hidden> writes:

> This is due to the following line in `run-python', which I merged from
> the upstream python.el on 2008-02-21:
>        ;; Suppress use of pager for help output:
>        (process-connection-type nil))
> Dave, do you remember what the rationale for this is?  (I don't
> understand the comment.)

It's the most likely way to suppress interactive i/o generally, which is
why it should normally be used for inferior interpreters and things like
VC, apart from the reasons in the manual to avoid PTYs.

> I'm not sure why using a pipe rather than a pty makes a difference,
> though.

It's certainly odd behaviour, but as you're dropping python.el for
python-mode.el, you needn't worry about it.  Amongst other things,
python-mode.el doesn't have the features that require results from the

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