Regular Expressions and Dividing Strings

Christoph Haas email at christoph-haas.de
Wed Nov 9 00:05:47 CET 2005


On Tuesday 08 November 2005 23:59, James Colannino wrote:
> Hey everyone, I have a file containing the following type of data (only
> an example):
>
> root:root
>
> What I want to do is take this line and divide it into two separate
> strings (the ':' character would divide the two strings, so the result
> of the example above would be "root" and "root.")  The names will vary
> in length (this refers to username/group ownerships.)  I'm probably
> missing something extremely basic.  I found the module re to do the
> regular expression matching I need, but I'm not quite sure how I can
> actually split this line up into two separate variables.

You probably mean:

a="root:root"
b,c = a.split(":")

b and c contain both sides of the colon.

 Christoph
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