list to string

Gonçalo Rodrigues op73418 at
Fri Sep 12 00:25:25 CEST 2003

On Thu, 11 Sep 2003 23:07:38 +0100, Graham Nicholls
<graham at> wrote:

>Hi.  Sorry if this is really dim, but I'm trying to do something like:
>main (args):
>        fhand=open(args[1:],"r+")

args[1:] is a slice. So if args is a list, args[1:] is a list, if it's
a string, it's a string, etc... open expects a string -- as you
probably have already figured out.

>and get an error that open is expecting a string not a list.

So either you are passing the wrong argument: e.g. a list instead of a
string, or then, if you do want to pass a list then you have to change
your code. But now the course to follow depends on what you want to
do. So you have to explain a little more.

With my best regards,
G. Rodrigues

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