C's isprint() concept?

Mike Fletcher mcfletch at vrtelecom.com
Mon Aug 16 02:29:07 CEST 1999

If I'm not mistaken, this would be the python equivalent...

teststring = '\000\001that\003\004'

	import re
	NOTPRINTABLE = r'[^ -~]+'
	re.sub(  NOTPRINTABLE, ' ', teststring )
	# replace all sequences of characters
	# not in the character range NOTPRINTABLE

or (from the original form):

	# note use of octal instead hexadecimal escape codes
	# also note use of raw string to prevent null bytes
	# in the regex pattern.
	NONPRINTABLE = r'[\000-\037\200-\377]+'
	re.sub(  NONPRINTABLE, ' ', teststring )
	# replace all sequences of characters
	# in the range NONPRINTABLE

If you were wanting to replace each character with a " ", leave off the plus
character in the range (thereby matching every single character).  If you
need something faster for character-by-character replace, check out the
string module's mapping functions.

I hope that helps,

-----Original Message-----
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Subject: Re: C's isprint() concept?

>   $string =~ tr/\x00-\x1f\x80-\xff//d;

Perhaps, more readably:

  $string =~ tr/ -~//cd;

  the /c means complement (take the opposite of) the list
  the /d means delete those characters without a replacement
  the list is ' ' through '~', which is the class of printables

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