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I'm Brent Collier.

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UndefinedConversionError can suck it

Posted on 09/04/2014

I have a bit of code in our app that downloads binary files and writes them to Tempfiles. Some testing led to the following exception:

An Encoding::UndefinedConversionError occurred in analyses#create:

  "\x90" from ASCII-8BIT to UTF-8
  app/models/analysis/malware.rb:193:in `get_file'

Line 193 looked basically like this:

tempfile ='tmp')

I actually didn't want it converted to UTF-8, so a quick perusal of the Tempfile docs told me that I just needed to specify the encoding when I initialized the Tempfile.

So I changed the first line to:

tempfile ='tmp', :encoding => 'ascii-8bit')

And everything was kosher.