feature request: a better str.endswith

Thomas Güttler guettler at thomas-guettler.de
Fri Jul 18 14:59:30 CEST 2003

Michele Simionato wrote:

> I often feel the need to extend  the string method ".endswith" to tuple
> arguments, in such a way to automatically check for multiple endings.
> For instance, here is a typical use case:
> if filename.endswith(('.jpg','.jpeg','.gif','.png')):
>     print "This is a valid image file"
> Currently this is not valid Python and I must use the ugly
> if filename.endswith('.jpg') or filename.endswith('.jpeg') \
>    or filename.endswith('.gif') or filename.endswith('.png'):
>     print "This is a valid image file"
> Of course a direct implementation is quite easy:
> import sys
> class Str(str):
>     def endswith(self,suffix,start=0,end=sys.maxint):#not sure about
>     sys.maxint
>         endswith=super(Str,self).endswith
>         if isinstance(suffix,tuple):
>             return sum([endswith(s,start,end) for s in suffix]) # multi-or
>         return endswith(suffix,start,end)
> if Str(filename).endswith(('.jpg','.jpeg','.gif','.png')):
>     print "This is a valid image file"
> nevertheless I think this kind of checking is quite common and it would be
> worth to have it in standard Python.


I like this feature request.

if the argument to endswith is not a string,
it should try to treat the argument as a list or tuple.


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