Python equivalent of Perl's $/

Mark T nospam at
Mon Aug 20 17:27:28 CEST 2007

"John K Masters" <johnmasters at> wrote in message 
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>I am currently working my way through Jeffrey Friedl's book Mastering
> Regular Expressions. Great book apart from the fact it uses Perl for the
> examples.
> One particular expression that interests me is '$/ = ".\n"' which,
> rather than splitting a file into lines, splits on a period-newline
> boundary. Combined with Perl's 'while (<>)' construct this seems a great
> way to process the files I am interested in.
> Without wishing to start a flame war, is there a way to do this in Python?
> Regards, John
> -- 
> War is God's way of teaching Americans geography
> Ambrose Bierce (1842 - 1914)

>>> 'test\ntest2.\ntest3\ntest4.\ntest5'.split('.\n')
['test\ntest2', 'test3\ntest4', 'test5']

-Mark T. 

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