regexp questoin

bruno at modulix onurb at xiludom.gro
Fri Jun 9 18:19:03 CEST 2006

micklee74 at wrote:
> hi
> i created a script to ask user for an input that can be a pattern
> right now, i use re to compile that pattern
> pat = re.compile(r"%s" %(userinput) )  #userinput is passed from
> command line argument
> if the user key in a pattern , eg [-] ,  and my script will search some
> lines that contains [-]
> pat.findall(lines)
> but the script produce some error: sre_constants.error: unexpected end
> of regular expression

If you feed re.compile() something that is not a valid regexp, it will

> how can i successful catch  patterns such as "[-]" in my regexp
> compilation where input is unknown...?

If what you want is to validate that the input is a valid regexp, just
try to compile it. In your case (cli argument), there's not much you can
do if the arg is not a valid regexp, except printing a message to stderr
and sys.exit()ing with a non-zero value.

bruno desthuilliers
python -c "print '@'.join(['.'.join([w[::-1] for w in p.split('.')]) for
p in 'onurb at xiludom.gro'.split('@')])"

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