Newbie asks, how to get rid of the last four characters of a string?
gerhard.haering at opus-gmbh.net
Wed Jan 22 15:43:18 CET 2003
Christopher Culver <kricxjo.neniuspamajxo at yahoo.com> wrote:
> I'm somewhat new to Python and have run into this problem: I have a script
> whose first argument takes a MS Word file, which would end with .doc. I
> want to remove ".doc" and have just the file name without extension. Now,
> I know I can do this with regular expressions, but is there a function
> that can be used to chomp off the last four characters without having to
> import the re module?
>>> s = "foobar.doc"
It's called 'slicing' in Python.
But this approach sucks. Better use the nice functions from os.path:
>>> import os.path
There's another possibility that sucks and that I can't recommend:
Just to add to your antipatterns list ;-)
os.path is the way to go.
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