strip not working on strings?

Eric Jacoboni jaco at
Sun Nov 13 22:48:47 CET 2005

In article <1131916607.467166.207550 at>, at wrote:

> I'm using Python 2.3.5 and when I type the following in the interactive
> prompt I see that strip() is not working as advertised:
> >>>s = 'p p:p'
> >>>s.strip(' :')
> 'p p:p'
> Is this just me or does it not work? I want to get rid of all ' ' and
> ':' in the string. I've checked the doc and from what I can tell this
> is what strip() is supposed to do.

In /my/ docs, s.strip return a copy of s where all /leading/ and 
/heading/  spaces are removed. s.strip(x) does the same but removing 
chars of x.

So, what you're asking for by s.strip(' :') is "remove heading or 
leading space or ':' chars", /not/ "remove or leading or 
':' chars".

If you want to get rid of ' ' and ':' anywhere in s, i think that 
string.maketrans and s.translate will do the job:

>>> import string
>>> s = 'p p:p'
>>> ident = string.maketrans('', '')
>>> s.translate(ident,' :')


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