[Chicago] regular expression headache

Robert Spelich rlspelich at gmail.com
Sun Jan 12 02:04:39 CET 2014


Steve,
Thank you so much! I can't tell you how much time I spent trying to get
this to run.
-Bob S.


On Sat, Jan 11, 2014 at 6:21 PM, Steve Schwarz <steve at agilitynerd.com>wrote:

> I tested it in python 2.5, 2.7.6 and 3.3 and it fails in all of them.
> Seems to be the "\b", when I remove it it matches.
> Steve
>
>
> On Sat, Jan 11, 2014 at 5:40 PM, Robert Spelich <rlspelich at gmail.com>wrote:
>
>> import re
>> address = 'PO Box 34'
>> regex = re.compile("^(?:Post (?:Office )?|P[. ]?O\.? )?Box\b")
>> mo = regex.search(address)
>> mo
>>
>> This should return a match object. It returns one when I test it at
>> http://www.pythonregex.com.
>>
>> Thanks again.-Bob
>>
>>
>> On Sat, Jan 11, 2014 at 5:18 PM, Steve Schwarz <steve at agilitynerd.com>wrote:
>>
>>> Bob,
>>> Can you post your code/tests? Then we can try it out too and help debug
>>> what is going on.
>>>
>>> Best Regards,
>>> Steve
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>>> On Sat, Jan 11, 2014 at 4:47 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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