UnicodeEncodeError on start due to store StoreChitankaStore name value
Calibre 0.8.11 fails to start on OpenBSD Slackware Linux due to UnicodeEncodeError exception apparently caused by extended characters in the name of StoreChitankaStore in /usr/lib/
self.config = JSONConfig(
UnicodeEncodeError: 'ascii' codec can't encode characters in position 39-43: ordinal not in range(128)
Offending code appears to be:
name = u'Ð.Ð¾Ñ.Ñ.Ð° Ð±Ð¸Ð±Ð»
author = 'Alex Stanev'
description = u'Ð.ÐµÐ·
actual_plugin = 'calibre.
I was able to resolve the issue on my installation by disabling this store plugin by commneting the line
plugins += [
In the file /usr/lib/
After disabling this store, Calibre starts and runs normally for me.
I experienced this problem on Slackware 13.37 (which I had upgraded Python and various libraries to support calibre) and others reported in the IRC channel reported this issue on OpenBSD and Debian, but apparently OSX is unaffected.