[Chicago] regular expression headache

Tim Ottinger tottinge at gmail.com
Sun Jan 12 00:12:25 CET 2014

is the regex being run in a different engine?

On Sat, Jan 11, 2014 at 2:47 PM, Robert Spelich <rlspelich at gmail.com> wrote:

> Can anyone offer me a suggestion as to why a regular expression that
> validates on a testing tool would not match on the same string when run in
> a script or directly in the interpreter? I used 2 different online tools,
> one a general expression tool and one Python specific. They both matched,
> when run locally it does not match.
> I am using an re from a cookbook to match addresses in a database that
> start with a PO Box address. I am using 2.7. I am stumped.
> po_box = re.compile('^(?:Post (?:Office )?|P[. ]?O\.? )?Box\b')
> Thanks in advance if anyone can help me out.
> -Bob S.
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Tim Ottinger, Sr. Consultant, Industrial Logic
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