[New-bugs-announce] [issue13592] repr(regex) doesn't include actual regex

Martin Häcker report at bugs.python.org
Tue Dec 13 11:42:24 CET 2011

New submission from Martin Häcker <spamfaenger at gmx.de>:

When calling repr() on a compiled regex pattern like this:

> import re
> repr(re.compile('foo'))

you don't get the pattern of the regex out of the compiled form. Also all my research has shown no getter to allow this.

I noticed this in my application because I was unable to show good error messages for things involving regexes, which is a shame.

So please add the actual regex to the repr() form of the compiled regex, or alternatively provide a getter / property to get at it.

messages: 149382
nosy: dwt
priority: normal
severity: normal
status: open
title: repr(regex) doesn't include actual regex
type: behavior
versions: Python 2.7

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