New submission from Ingo Ruhnke:

When a sqlite database contains invalid UTF-8 code in a TEXT column, Python can 
query that data normally when .text_factory is set appropriately. However when 
a custom function is created with .create_function() and applied to that column 
the custom function will receive 'None' as argument instead of the value of the 

The following example demonstrate the issue:


import sqlite3
import sys
import os

con = sqlite3.connect(":memory:")
con.text_factory = os.fsdecode

con.create_function("py_identity", 1, lambda x: x)

cur = con.cursor()
cur.execute("CREATE TABLE foo(bar TEXT)")

# insert some invalid UTF-8 into the database
cur.execute("INSERT INTO foo(bar) VALUES(cast(? AS TEXT))", [b"\xff"])

# try to call a custom function on the invalid UTF-8
cur.execute("SELECT "
            "  typeof(bar), "
            "  bar, " # this works
            "  py_identity(bar), " # this returns None instead of the content 
of 'bar'
            "  cast(py_identity(cast(bar as BLOB)) AS TEXT) " # this works 
around the issue
            "FROM foo")

for row in cur:


('text', '\udcff', None, '\udcff')


('text', '\udcff', '\udcff', '\udcff')

components: Library (Lib)
messages: 283674
nosy: Ingo Ruhnke
priority: normal
severity: normal
status: open
title: Custom functions in sqlite receive None on invalid UTF-8
type: behavior
versions: Python 3.6

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