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Ruby does not handle UTF-8 from Automator #2

ncanceill opened this Issue Feb 5, 2014 · 2 comments


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ncanceill commented Feb 5, 2014

How to reproduce

Use the Snippet service on an UTF-8 string like ƒ, and the following error is thrown:

The action “Execute a Shell script” encountered an error.

The catch

The behavior is related to Automator, because directly using the Ruby script works — eg ruby snippet.rb ƒ. Maybe this is related to #1.

The fix

Using Python instead of Ruby fixes it. Will submit PR in a few moments. Points:

  • By default, Mac OS X is distributed with Python 2 linked to /usr/bin/python.
  • Automator can execute Python scripts as easily as Ruby.

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ncanceill commented Feb 5, 2014

I proposed a PR: see #3.


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lukabratos commented Feb 5, 2014

I was able to reproduce this error. Your points are valid and I agree with you!

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