No report with umlauts on ubuntu-11.04

Bug #785578 reported by BjS on 2011-05-20
This bug affects 4 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Marius Gedminas
gtimelog (Ubuntu)

Bug Description


I recently updated to Ubuntu 11.04 and since then having problems to generate reports.
If the description contains any non-iso chars, GTimeLog complains:

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/gtimelog/", line 1633, in on_previous_day_report_activate
  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/gtimelog/", line 1771, in mail
  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/gtimelog/", line 739, in daily_report
UnicodeDecodeError: 'ascii' codec can't decode byte 0xfc in position 21: ordinal not in range(128)

I now proceeded to write descriptions in english, but i'd like to do it in my native language...

Any idea?

Related branches

I have the same problem with text in Lithuanian.

Changed in gtimelog:
status: New → Confirmed
Barry Warsaw (barry) on 2011-08-17
Changed in gtimelog:
status: Confirmed → Triaged
importance: Undecided → Medium
assignee: nobody → Barry Warsaw (barry)
Barry Warsaw (barry) wrote :

From my comment on the merge proposal:

I'm having trouble reproducing this, though admittedly it's a bit difficult for me to enter non-ascii characters.

I did add this text as a timelog entry:


and then tried to generate a daily report. It worked fine for me: it fired up mutt, and seemed to send the non-ascii message. Is there something else I should be doing to try to reproduce this bug?

Changed in gtimelog:
status: Triaged → Incomplete
BjS (bstruckmeier) wrote :

Hi Berry!

I copied the characters from your post and inserted them as a new entry in TimeLog.
After committing the entry, I couldn't generate any report containig this entry.

Perhaps I should mention, that I don't use mutt as mailer. I prefer a text editor to pick some information from the generated report
Some of my config-entries:
mail = gedit %s
spreadsheet = localc %s
editor = gvim
gtk-completion = True

Could that cause the problem?

Sincerely, Björn

Ignas Vyšnu (yfyf) wrote :


I also seem to have this problem with Lithunian characters.
The behaviour is a bit funny though, I seem to be able to enter any unicode characters in the first entry, but the subsequent ones break gTimeLog, with the character 'ą' for example.

> cat .gtimelog/timelog.txt:
2011-09-25 14:33: ą

^^^report works fine.

> cat .gtimelog/timelog.txt
2011-09-25 14:33: ą
2011-09-25 14:40: ą

^^^results in:

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/site-packages/gtimelog/", line 1633, in on_daily_report_activate
  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/site-packages/gtimelog/", line 1786, in mail
  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/site-packages/gtimelog/", line 744, in daily_report
UnicodeDecodeError: 'ascii' codec can't decode byte 0xc4 in position 0: ordinal not in range(128)

oh and:
> file .gtimelog/timelog.txt
.gtimelog/timelog.txt: UTF-8 Unicode text

Fl1ppeR (nevcos) wrote :

Same here, but with different error (Portuguese language, using gedit as mail sender/editor):

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/gtimelog/", line 1616, in on_daily_report_activate
  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/gtimelog/", line 1771, in mail
  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/gtimelog/", line 752, in daily_report
    if categories:
UnboundLocalError: local variable 'categories' referenced before assignment

Fl1ppeR (nevcos) wrote :

And, resolving the categories issue (I add an categories = {} before verification), the same error has arrived:


Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/gtimelog/", line 1746, in on_monthly_report_activate
  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/gtimelog/", line 1772, in mail
  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/gtimelog/", line 704, in monthly_report_plain
  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/gtimelog/", line 664, in _plain_report
    (entry, format_duration_long(duration)))
UnicodeDecodeError: 'ascii' codec can't decode byte 0xc3 in position 39: ordinal not in range(128)


Ubuntu: 11.04
Gtimelog: v0.6.0dev

Marius Gedminas (mgedmin) wrote :

I can reproduce this in trunk.

(Sorry for ignoring the bug report for so long.)

Changed in gtimelog:
status: Incomplete → Triaged
assignee: Barry Warsaw (barry) → Marius Gedminas (mgedmin)
Marius Gedminas (mgedmin) wrote :

This bug was introduced in r198.

Marius Gedminas (mgedmin) wrote :

It looks like PyGtk used to quietly change sys.getdefaultencoding() to 'utf-8' behind my back, which hid this bug for so long!

PyGI, sensibly enough, leaves sys.getdefaultencoding() with the default value of 'ascii'.

Marius Gedminas (mgedmin) wrote :

I would like to switch to storing the data in Unicode internally. PyGTK can handle this fine. Can PyGI?

Marius Gedminas (mgedmin) wrote :

>Can PyGI [handle unicode objects]?

Documentation is silent on the topic, but experiments show that it can. In Ubuntu 11.10, at least.

Marius Gedminas (mgedmin) wrote :

Fixed in trunk, will be in the 0.7.1 release.

Ignas: if there's only one entry in a day, gtimelog prints 'No work done today' and doesn't try to write the entry text to the report, so you don't get an error. The first entry of a day indicates when you started working. To get a duration of your work there must be at least two timestamps, i.e. two entries.

Fl1ppeR, the 'categories' bug is fixed in 0.6.0 final (see bug 778285).

Changed in gtimelog:
status: Triaged → Fix Committed
Marius Gedminas (mgedmin) wrote :

GTimeLog 0.7.1 with this fix is now available from

Changed in gtimelog:
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
Marius Gedminas (mgedmin) wrote :

It'd be nice to get the 0.7.1 bugfix release into Precise, assuming it hasn't missed the deadline yet (I'm not paying attention to Ubuntu freezes).


Changed in gtimelog:
milestone: none → 0.7.1
Gediminas Paulauskas (menesis) wrote :

A gtimelog 0.7.1 .deb is available from for precise and oneiric.

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package gtimelog - 0.7.1-0ubuntu1

gtimelog (0.7.1-0ubuntu1) precise; urgency=low

  * New upstream release.
    - Fix reporting problems with non-ASCII characters (LP: #785578)
    - Fix panel background color detection. (LP: #924390)
  * debian/control:
    - replace X[SB]-Python-Version with X-Python-Version
    - remove ${python:Provides}
 -- Gediminas Paulauskas <email address hidden> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 10:53:52 +0200

Changed in gtimelog (Ubuntu):
status: New → Fix Released
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