After using arcpy and python for months with ArcGIS 10.1 without any problems I'm encountering something I can't work around or even find help with online. Something as simple as "import arcpy" is failing for no reason I can think of:
>>> import arcpy Traceback (most recent call last): File "<interactive input>", line 1, in <module> File "C:\Program Files\ArcGIS\Desktop10.1\arcpy\arcpy\__init__.py", line 24, in <module> from arcpy.toolbox import * File "C:\Program Files\ArcGIS\Desktop10.1\arcpy\arcpy\toolbox.py", line 342, in <module> from management import Graph, GraphTemplate File "C:\Program Files\ArcGIS\Desktop10.1\arcpy\arcpy\management.py", line 153 SyntaxError: Non-ASCII character '\xe2' in file C:\Program Files\ArcGIS\Desktop10.1\arcpy\arcpy\management.py on line 154, but no encoding declared; see http://www.python.org/peps/pep-0263.html for details
I've looked around and I've seen other people with similar symptomes but nothing with the same last message, the
Non-ASCII character '\xe2' in file C:\Program Files\ArcGIS\Desktop10.1\arcpy\arcpy\management.py on line 154, but no encoding declared; part seems different.
I haven't done anything like installing new python extensions or versions or any other type of software. The only thing remotely related was that I had an FME process working in the background while I was testing my code. I didn't modify any pre-existing ArcGIS python scripts.
I have tried using IDLE installed by ArcGIS 10.1, pyscripter, and the Python window that can be opened inside of ArcGIS. I tried rebooting on the off chance it was some fluke. The only thing I can think of to try next is a fresh instal, and if that doesn't work maybe going as extreme as wiping the PC's OS and starting over from scratch.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.