Simple question to split

Robert Kern robert.kern at
Thu Nov 9 23:59:12 CET 2006

Matthias Winterland wrote:
> Hi,
> I have a simple question. When I read in a string like:
> a='1,2,3,4,5 6 7,3,4', can I get the list l=[1,2,3,4,5,6,7,3,4] with a 
> single split-call?

You can't get what you want with a single method call. You can do it with a
single call to .split() if you preprocess the string first:

  a.replace(',', ' ').split()

Robert Kern

"I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma
 that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had
 an underlying truth."
  -- Umberto Eco

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