Idiomatic portable way to strip line endings?
johnroth at ameritech.net
Sun Dec 16 11:11:49 EST 2001
"Tim Hammerquist" <tim at vegeta.ath.cx> wrote in message
news:slrna1pbik.6jf.tim at vegeta.ath.cx...
> I've been trying to figure out the canonical way to strip the line
> endings from a text file.
> In general, I can use:
> line = line[:-1]
> del line[-1:]
> to strip the last character off the line, but this only works on
> operating systems that have a one-byte line separator like Unix/Linux
> ('\n'). The Win32 line separator is 2-bytes ('\r\n'), so this
> solution is not portable.
Huh? This works fine on Windows. The C library (which is
what Python is based on, after all) is defined to convert the
operating system dependent line end sequence to '\n'
on input, and back on output.
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