> "ProgrammingError: (ProgrammingError) You must not use 8-bit
> unless you use a text_factory that can interpret 8-bit bytestrings
> text_factory = str). It is highly recommended that you instead just
> switch your application to Unicode strings."

I'd hazard that the easiest way to solve this problem is to explicitly
encode the url when you pass it to the other program, something like:

   myprog.pl --use-this-url #echo eightbitstr.encode('utf-8')

Paul Agapow (paul-michael.aga...@hpa.org.uk)
Bioinformatics, Centre for Infections, Health Protection Agency

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