re troubles

Evanda Remington evanda at remingtons.org
Fri Dec 19 00:22:54 CET 2003


I'm trying to filter some rows of an html table out, based on their
contents.  For input like:
"""
<table>
  <tr>
    <td>Lasers</td><td>17</td> </tr>
  <tr>                                            <<  want to filter
    <td>kittens</td><td>8</td>                    <<  this out.
  </tr>                                           <<
  <tr> <td>robots</td><td>8</td> </tr>
</table>
"""
I would like to completely remove the (3 line) table row that makes mention
of kittens.  The regexp I have tried to use is: r"<tr>.*?kittens.*?</tr>".
When compiled and used with subs("",data), strangely removes everything
from the first "<tr>" to the first "<tr>" after kittens.

That is, the ".*?" notation works in the second half, but not in the first
half.  It behaves the same as ".*" should.

Any advice?

-e

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Evanda Remington
evanda at wreck.org





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