[issue1859] textwrap doesn't linebreak on "\n"
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Thu Apr 12 08:47:39 CEST 2012
Otto Kekäläinen <otto at seravo.fi> added the comment:
As a note to comments msg60038-msg60040, for anybody like me who ended up here after Googling around on how to do wordwrap in Python:
The function textwrap in Python is for single strings/paragraphs only, and it does not work as wordwrap normally works in text editors or other programming languages (eg. Wordwrap in Python).
If you want to do wordwrap or a block of text, run something like this:
new_msg = ""
lines = msg.split("\n")
for line in lines:
if len(line) > 75:
w = textwrap.TextWrapper(width=75, break_long_words=False)
line = '\n'.join(w.wrap(line))
new_msg += line + "\n"
An use case example for this would be, if you have a email message and you want to apply word wrapping to it, so that no line would be over 78 characters.
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