unicode error unicodeescape codec can t decode bytes in position 2-3 truncated UXXXXXXXX escape

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Dec 28, 2019 in Python by Abhishek
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You are getting this error because you are using the path to the file as a string. Change that line to something like this:


Hope it helps :)

answered Dec 31, 2019 by Kalgi
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Yes it really helped!!...but may i know the interpretaion of keeping r and latin1 at the ends?

Thank you.

Hey, @kamala,

The latin-1 encoding in Python implements ISO_8859-1:1987 which maps all possible byte values the first 256 Unicode code points and thus ensures decoding errors will never occur regardless of the configured error handler.

And, another method could be to simply replace all the back slashes with forward slashes in the address and all other things same.  :)

(Both of them do work for me.)
Thanks that help
Thanks from my side too
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This error occurs because you are using a normal string as a path. You can use one of the three following solutions to fix your problem:

1: Just put r before your normal string it converts normal string to raw string:





answered Dec 15, 2020 by Roshni
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Solution 1: Add a “r” character in the beginning of string. in Python, when we add a “r” character, it's meaning a complete string. Solution 2: Change “\” to be “/”. Solution 3: Change “\” to be “\\”.

You should use a raw string to avoid such behaviour (r"xxx")

tables = camelot.read_pdf(r"C:\Users\stanleychen\Desktop\MR2-PL1.pdf")
answered Dec 15, 2020 by Gitika
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