[PyKDE] QByteArray and unicode

Jim Bublitz jbublitz at nwinternet.com
Sat Dec 24 08:40:18 GMT 2005

On Friday 23 December 2005 11:11, Orcan Ogetbil wrote:
> Hi,
> using the following code, I can get the track title that's being played in
> amarok.
> [code]
> import dcop
> dcopclient = dcop.DCOPClient()
> dcopclient.registerAs("amarokapp")
> dcopclient.rc = dcop.DCOPRef("amarok", "player")
> result = dcopclient.rc.call("title()")
> title = result.data.data()
> print title
> [/code]
> The problem is, when the track title contains non-ascii characters, they
> are not displayed properly.
> The 'result' is a QByteArray object,
> 'result.data.data()' is a ascii python string
> How and where should I set the encoding to display the track title
> properly? (and how do I convert the QByteArray object to a unicode QString
> object?)

Take a look at PyKDE/doc/dcopext.html  or examples/example_dcopext.py. PyKDE 
doesn't support the method you're using (but see below), because there's no 
easy way to convert the QByteArray to the appropriate object type using 

title () should return a QString, and using the method outlined in the docs 
will get you a QString from title (). The code that does it is in 
extensions/dcopext.py and uses the dcop_add and dcop_next methods coded in 
C++ and compiled as part of sip/kdecore/bytearray.sip - you could use those 
methods in your own code if you want to duplicate the Python code in 


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