I have a column that has Greek characters:


Like "*\u0395\u03a*")

What can I do to make it appear as it should?

What I have tried:

import sys

It didn't work.

When I print it in the console it looks with unicode. If I check the attribute table looks normal.

To be more specific:

If I try this:

datasetList = arcpy.ListTables("*") # Here putting the name of the table
... for dataset in datasetList:
...      with arcpy.da.SearchCursor(dataset, ["TheTableName","SqlString"]) as cur:
...           for row in cur:
...               print row

It gives:

(u'Wes1', u'SELECT Wes1.KA, \r\nFROM Wes1\r\nWHERE (Wes1.KA) Not Like "*\u0395\u039a*"'))

Example of table

  qname TheTableName SqlString
0   shp_q1  Wes1     SELECT ...
1   shp_q2  Wes2     SELECT ...
2   shp_q3  Wes3     SELECT ...

each Wes1,2,3 are files in a gdb.

The result with the unicode said above is produced in the terminal(python editor for ArcPy) INSIDE ArcMap.

  • The problem is Arcgis related that's why I posted here. I have tried : sys.setdefaultencoding('utf-8') but didn't work.
    – user130347
    Oct 23 '18 at 7:13
  • For coding questions a code snippet that illustrates what you have tried and where you are stuck is expected.
    – PolyGeo
    Oct 23 '18 at 7:15
  • 1
    This could be an interesting question, but I have a feeling it's not well understood (yet) :-) Could you please try to explain better what it is you want to achieve, and where you get stuck? For instance: I want X, but I get Y. It may also help to attach screenshots that illustrate your problem.
    – Berend
    Oct 23 '18 at 9:18
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    It can be a pain to work with UTF-16 strings in Python 2.7, but there's nothing ArcGIS-specific about this.
    – Vince
    Oct 23 '18 at 11:42
  • 1
    No, file geodatabase and most of Desktop is already Unicode, so you just need to use standard Python to convert UTF-16 to UTF-8.
    – Vince
    Oct 23 '18 at 12:30

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