AttributeError: object 'int' does not have an attribute 'encode'


I have inherited a python script that is throwing the following error:

root        : ERROR    Unexpected exception encountered in application 'ImagesForWeb'
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "build/bdist.linux-i686/egg/columbiancommon/scaffolding/", line 169, in run_safe**kwargs)
  File "/var/scripts/ImagesForWeb/", line 102, in run
    gallery = columbiancommon.EllingtonPhotoGallery(configobj = self.cmgr)
  File "build/bdist.linux-i686/egg/columbiancommon/ellington/", line 51, in __init__
  File "build/bdist.linux-i686/egg/columbiancommon/ellington/", line 128, in Reload
  File "build/bdist.linux-i686/egg/columbiancommon/ellington/", line 68, in SetStatus
    self.SetControl("status", [self.status.encode('utf-8', 'replace')])
AttributeError: 'int' object has no attribute 'encode'

I'm pretty new to Python and haven't quite developed the debugging skills to know how to solve this issue yet.

Here's the code snippet from that is refrenced in the above error:

def SetStatus(self, status):
    Sets the publication status of this photo gallery.

    Expects to be set to an integer constant, shortcuts include::


    if(not isinstance(status, int)):
        raise EllingtonMechanizeException("Unexpected status value.  Please use a status constant.")
    self.status = status
    self.SetControl("status", [self.status.encode('utf-8', 'replace')])

This is the SetControl method that is within the

def SetControl(self, control_name, control_value_unclean):
    Raw access to the mechanize method of setting controls to specific values.

    **WARNING** Do not use this unless you have a really good reason to do so-- `EllingtonMechanizeScaffolding.SetControlToValue`
    and `EllingtonMechanizeScaffolding.SetControlToValueSafe` are much more elegant solutions.

        - `control_name`: The name of the control you're trying to assign a value to.
        - `control_value_unclean`: The value to assign to said control.  Either a boolean value, 

    self.browser[control_name] = control_value_unclean
    return True

I believe it's the line that says self.SetControl("status", [self.status.encode('utf-8', 'replace')]) that is throwing the error however I can't tell why the error is ocuring. The code has been working since I inherited it 6 months ago and it has not been altered on my end.

Any help would be appreciated.

You first assert status to be an instance of int, and then you try to use encode method, which it doesn't have, because it's a unicode method. If you want to convert the integer to string, use unicode(self.status). Then you can use encode on it, though you most likely shouldn't.