Tab expansion problem or ..?

Tony C cappy2112 at
Fri Feb 27 22:29:13 CET 2004

I've written a program which reads a text file in , and writes it out
to a new filename.

When the program encounters a line which contains a specific text
label-, I read in the hex number adjacent to the label, convert the
number to decimal, then write the line of text to the output file.

Essentially, the output file is mostly identical to the input file,
with the exception of the hex numbers being converted to decimal.

The problem I'm having is getting the exact location of the hex

fhIn = open("input.txt")

for line in fhIn:
  if 'HEXNUM' in line:
    Hexloc = line.find('HEXNUM')
    print"\n%s" % line[:Hexloc]

The index returned by find() does not seem to be accurate.

When I display the line using the offset (Hexloc), the text displayed
is many characters away from the text label 'HEXNUM'.

So I then tried
fhIn = open("input.txt")

for line in fhIn:
  if 'HEXNUM' in line.expandtabs():
    Hexloc = line.find('HEXNUM')
    print"\n%s" % line[:Hexloc]

and I've tried passing numbers from 1-4 to expantabs, all with
different results.

I've verified that there are tab characters in the input file, by
using an editor which can display the "whitespace characters" as
visible symbols.

Am I overlooking something painfully obvious here ?

thanks in advance

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