in string

Chris Barker chrishbarker at home.net
Thu Nov 1 20:25:08 CET 2001


Emile van Sebille wrote:
> > I kind of understand why this (below) doesn't work.
> > What would you have to do to make it work?
> > (to make 'eggs' in 'spam and eggs' return 1)
> > Or what does: string member test needs char left operand
> > mean?

It means that the "in" operator tries to look for an item in a sequence
of items. A string is a sequence of single charactors, so to use x in
string, x must be a single character.

> import string
> string.find(a, 'eggs')
> 
> Note:  this can return 0 (as in 'eggs and eggs');
> -1 is the not found return value

or, in recent pythons:

>>> a = 'spam and eggs'
>>> a.find('eggs')
9

-Chris


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