Although 2to3 will fix most issues in Python 2 code to make it run under
Python 3, it does not handle the new strict separation between byte
strings and unicode strings.  There is one instance in
git_remote_helpers where we are caught by this.

Fix it by explicitly decoding the incoming byte string into a unicode
string.  In this instance, use the locale under which the application is

Signed-off-by: John Keeping <>
 git_remote_helpers/git/ | 2 +-
 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/git_remote_helpers/git/ 
index e28cc8f..6814003 100644
--- a/git_remote_helpers/git/
+++ b/git_remote_helpers/git/
@@ -20,7 +20,7 @@ class GitImporter(object):
         """Returns a dictionary with refs.
         args = ["git", "--git-dir=" + gitdir, "for-each-ref", "refs/heads"]
-        lines = check_output(args).strip().split('\n')
+        lines = check_output(args).decode().strip().split('\n')
         refs = {}
         for line in lines:
             value, name = line.split(' ')

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