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I have encountered the following error:

UnicodeDecodeError: 'utf-8' codec can't decode byte 0xfd in position 1: invalid start byte thrown on line 236 of

Your tests might not have encountered this due to a small sample size, since I use your library to processes a thousands of torrents in an hour. Thats how I found it.

I have temporarily fixed this by adding the ignore flag on the byte string decode function like so.

string = raw.decode(encoding, "ignore")

It would be lovely if you could add this to the upstream directory.

A test file I used is attached:

The PR request is #5

This is covered here:

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  • State:closed
  • Created 5 years ago
  • Comments:7 (7 by maintainers)

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7sDreamcommented, Jun 23, 2018

v0.3.0 just released.

In this version, there are many way to deal with this problem:

import torrent_parser as tp

file = 'tests/test_files/utf8.encoding.error.torrent'

# way 1

data = tp.parse_torrent_file(file, errors='ignore')

data = tp.parse_torrent_file(file, errors='replace')

# way 2

data = tp.parse_torrent_file(file, hash_fields={'info_hash': (20, False)})

# way 3

data = tp.parse_torrent_file(file, hash_fields={'info_hash': (20, False)}, hash_raw=True)

# If you don't use any above option

    data = tp.parse_torrent_file(file)
except tp.InvalidTorrentDataException as e:

the output:

Fail to decode string at pos 16436 using encoding utf-8 when parser field "info_hash", maybe it is an hash field. You can use self.hash_field("info_hash") to let it be treated as hash value, so this error may disappear

the hash_field("info_hash") is added to the class:

with open(file, 'rb') as f:
    data = tp.TorrentFileParser(f).hash_field('info_hash').parse()
    # 36fd06b595119b380df46ab2f2a0b579b1734ca8

with open(file, 'rb') as f:
    data = tp.BDecoder('info_hash').decode()
    # 36fd06b595119b380df46ab2f2a0b579b1734ca8
7sDreamcommented, Jun 22, 2018

Thanks for your idea.

I will finish the customize hash fields API tomorrow and release a new version.

Due to the break change and so may thing be added, It will be 0.3.0.

(And yes, in 0.x.x break change don’t need add the major version… I’m still considering when to reach the 1.0 ⌛)

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