constructing binary backslash-n

Steven Bethard steven.bethard at
Thu Sep 30 06:05:37 CEST 2004

Steven Arnold <stevena <at>> writes:

> On Sep 29, 2004, at 11:47 PM, Steven Bethard wrote:
> >>>> ('\\\\' + 'n').decode('string_escape')
> > '\\n'
> >
> > (I just learned this today in an earlier thread...)
> Yes!  Perfect.  I assume your backslashes got screwed up like my 
> earlier message.

Weird, yes.  If I look at my email at gmane or in my newsgroups through 
Thunderbird, I see only <backslash><backslash> (that is, just two)...  Seems 
like maybe there's something weird in your reader -- I can see that your 
forward of my text does have the 4 backslashes.

Anyway, I'm glad it helped.  One of the things I love about this newsgroup is 
that every time I learn something new, I immediately find a use for it.  =)


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