[Python-Dev] Fwd: Problem withthe API for str.rpartition()

Jim Jewett jimjjewett at gmail.com
Tue Sep 5 22:43:20 CEST 2006

I think I finally figured out where Raymond is coming from.

For Raymond, "head" is where he started processing -- for rpartition,
this is the .endswith part.

For me, "head" is the start of the data structure -- always the
.startswith part.

We won't resolve that with anything suggesting a sequential order; we
need something that makes it clear which part is the large leftover.

    S.partition(sep) -> (record, sep, remains)
    S.rpartition(sep) -> (remains, sep, record)

I do like the plural (or collective) sound of "remains".

I have no solid reasoning for "record" vs "rec" vs "onerec".  I would
welcome a word that did not suggest it would have further internal


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