Looking for Form Feeds

Greg Lindstrom greg.lindstrom at novasyshealth.com
Mon Jan 24 22:32:29 CET 2005

I have a file generated by an HP-9000 running Unix containing form feeds 
signified by ^M^L.  I am trying to scan for the linefeed to signal 
certain processing to be performed but can not get the regex to "see" 
it.  Suppose I read my input line into a variable named "input"

The following does not seem to work...
input = input_file.readline()
if re.match('\f', input): print 'Found a formfeed!'
else: print 'No linefeed!'

I also tried to create a ^M^L (typed in as <ctrl>Q M <ctrlQ> L) but that 
gives me a syntax error when I try to run the program (re does not like 
the control characters, I guess).  Is it possible for me to pull out the 
formfeeds in a straightforward manner?


Greg Lindstrom               501 975.4859
Computer Programmer          greg.lindstrom at novasyshealth.com
NovaSys Health
Little Rock, Arkansas

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