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Title: Attempting to use interact produces TypeError: write() argument must be str, not bytes
The following Python script using `pexpect` connects to the POP3
server `pop3.mailbox.org`. It does not download any email. It will
most likely work on any server.
```python3
#!/usr/bin/python3
# Connection variables: please include your own values
ip = "pop3.mailbox.org"
socket = "995"
user = xxxxxx
password = xxxxxx
import pexpect
import sys
try:
cmd = f'openssl s_client -connect {ip}:{socket} -quiet'
child = pexpect.spawn(cmd, timeout=5, encoding='utf-8')
child.logfile_read = sys.stdout
child.expect(f'\+OK.*')
child.sendline(f'user {user}')
child.expect(f'\+OK.*')
child.sendline(f'pass {password}')
child.expect(f'\+OK.*')
child.interact()
except:
print("Exception was thrown")
print("debug information:")
print(str(child))
raise
```
Here is the output.
```none
depth=2 C = US, O = DigiCert Inc, OU = www.digicert.com, CN = DigiCert Global Root G2
verify return:1
depth=1 C = US, O = DigiCert Inc, OU = www.digicert.com, CN = Thawte TLS RSA CA G1
verify return:1
depth=0 CN = *.mailbox.org
verify return:1
+OK Dovecot ready.
user xxxxxxxxx
+OK
pass xxxxxxxxx
+OK Logged in.
LIST
+OK 9 messages:
1 134551
2 2599
3 2371
4 3341
5 2539
6 2541
7 2122
8 7185
9 7174
.
```
and I press any key, I get a bunch of diagnostic information from
`print(str(child))`, followed by the following traceback:
```none
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "/tmp/pexpect.txt", line 31, in <module>
child.interact()
File "/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/pexpect/pty_spawn.py", line 793, in interact
self.__interact_copy(escape_character, input_filter, output_filter)
File "/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/pexpect/pty_spawn.py", line 838, in __interact_copy
self._log(data, 'read')
File "/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/pexpect/spawnbase.py", line 133, in _log
second_log.write(s)
TypeError: write() argument must be str, not bytes
```
I thought the `encoding='utf-8'` argument to the `spawn` command was
supposed to take care of that issue.
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