RE Question

Yoav yoav_artzi at
Thu Aug 18 16:57:36 CEST 2005

Thanks, it seems like the first answer covers the second as well.

Thank you.

Jorge Godoy wrote:
> Yoav wrote:
>>I don't understand why the two REs produce a different result. I read
>>the RE guide but still I can't seem to figure it out.
>> >>> t
>>'echo user=name password=pass path="/ret files"\r\n'
>> >>> re.findall(r'(?<=\s)[^=]+=((?:".*")|(?:\S*))(?=\s)', t)
>>['name', 'pass', '"/ret files"']
>> >>> re.findall(r'(?<=\s)[^=]+=((".*")|(\S*))(?=\s)', t)
>>[('name', '', 'name'), ('pass', '', 'pass'), ('"/ret files"', '"/ret
>>files"', '')]
> Hi Yoav.
> You can see at "sre" documentation (use that instead of the docs for "re")
> that using "?:" you're asking for a non-groupping version of the
> parenthesis match.  When you use parenthesis, the matched expression is
> saved for using later.  Using "?:" you prevent that.  This is what causes
> the difference for you.
>>Also, does '|' char (meaning or) produces a pair for each section. I
>>don't understand how it works. Can someone please direct me to a place
>>which will explain it?
> I didn't get your second question.  When you use "|" the first match is
> used.  It is a short-circuited version of "or".  I mean, it tries the first
> regexp, if it matches, the second expression is ignored.  The same is true
> for "and", except that the comparisons end on the first false result. 
> Be seeing you,

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