[Python-Dev] split('') revisited
Barry A. Warsaw
Wed, 31 Jul 2002 22:28:53 -0400
>>>>> "AK" == Andrew Koenig <email@example.com> writes:
AK> Back in February, there was a thread in comp.lang.python (and,
AK> I think, also on Python-Dev) that asked whether the following
| Traceback (most recent call last):
| File "<stdin>", line 1, in ?
| ValueError: empty separator
AK> was a bug or a feature. The prevailing opinion at the time
AK> seemed to be that there was not a sensible, unique way of
AK> defining this operation, so rejecting it was a feature.
AK> That answer didn't bother me particularly at the time, but
AK> since then I have learned a new fact (or perhaps an old fact
AK> that I didn't notice at the time) that has changed my mind:
AK> Section 4.2.4 of the library reference says that the 'split'
AK> method of a regular expression object is defined as
AK> Identical to the split() function, using the compiled
AK> This claim does not appear to be correct:
Actually, I believe what it's saying is that
is the same as
not that re...split() has anything to do with the split() string