trailing space in RE

Doru-Catalin Togea doru-cat at
Fri Aug 2 17:25:31 CEST 2002

Hi all!

I have written a little script to parse some Bible text, and to this
purpose I defined the following re:
	bibleRef = r'(\w+) (\d+):(\d+) (.+)'

I use it to match Bible references of the kind: 'gen 1:1' or '1Co 10:12',
and the pertaining text.

My re looks for the following:
- (\w+) # first 3 characters, either 3 letters, or 1 digit and 2
letters: 'gen', '1co'
- a space
- (\d+) # a number
- :     # a collon
- (\d+) # another number
- (.+)  # the rest of the text

Everything works fine, but I have a problem in that "the rest of the
text" allways has a trailing space like this:
"Gen 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. "
"1Co 10:12 Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he
fall. "
So my question is, how do I match "the rest of the text" but not the last
character (which is a space)?

I guess I could strip, or slice my text before matching it, but I would
like to know how to write the re, as described above.

I appreciate your help.

Best regards,

	<<<< ================================== >>>>
	<<     We are what we repeatedly do.      >>
	<<  Excellence, therefore, is not an act  >>
	<<             but a habit.               >>
	<<<< ================================== >>>>

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