Yum is throwing "UnicodeDecodeError: 'ascii' codec can't decode byte 0xc3 in position XX: ordinal not in range(XXX)" error.

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  • yum command is throwing several Unicode errors
  • yum check-update throws below error message:
UnicodeDecodeError: 'ascii' codec can't decode byte 0xec in position 41: ordinal not in range(128)
'ascii' codec can't decode byte 0xc3 in position 17: ordinal not in range(128)


  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7
  • yum

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