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Re: [opensuse-factory] External Drive for a Backup - errors
On 2017-08-08 19:24:38 +0200, Christian Boltz wrote:
Am Dienstag, 8. August 2017, 18:31:00 CEST schrieb james:
Vojtěch Zeisek:
Dne úterý 8. srpna 2017 18:19:00 CEST, james napsal(a):
Vojtěch Zeisek:
Dne úterý 8. srpna 2017 13:44:00 CEST, james napsal(a):
I install as many as the ones you mentioned plus a few from some
sites and I still get this:

This is weird. What is the complete command? Do all backed up files
have names with only ASCII characters?

It is just a GUI program. No commands that I'm currently aware of. The
files I want are from my /home dir.

Reading the backtrace indicates that Vojtěch's question points in the
right direction - duplicity probably fails at a filename that is not
valid utf-8.

Unfortunately the error handler also breaks at the invalid utf-8 which
makes debugging this harder :-(

You can try comment out line 79 of /usr/lib64/python2.7/site-packages/
duplicity/ by prepending a #
# e = unicode(e).encode('utf-8')

This won't fix your problem, but with some luck you'll at least get a
useful error message ;-)

Hmm... IMHO, the error message is quite useful:)

File "/usr/lib64/python2.7/site-packages/duplicity/", line 79, in uexc
e = unicode(e).encode('utf-8')
UnicodeDecodeError: 'ascii' codec can't decode byte 0xe2 in position 746:
ordinal not in range(128)

tells you that 0xe2 cannot be decoded using the "ascii" encoding, which
is implicitly used (in this case) when executing "unicode(e)".

(However, 0xe2 is a valid unicode (see, for instance,
"print unichr(0xe2)"))

In this case, unicode(e, 'utf8') should do the trick.

Please open a bugreport for duplicity - assuming that filenames are
always valid utf-8 is quite optimistic. Handling them as binary is a
better idea.

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