The rule of literal string

Chris Rebert clp at
Thu Dec 18 01:06:35 CET 2008

On Wed, Dec 17, 2008 at 3:52 PM, Li Han <lihang9999 at> wrote:
> Chris worte:
> [snip]
>> And repr("''") ==> "\"''\""
>> Which when print()-ed is: "''"
>> And eval("''") is the same as entering two apostrophes ('') at the
>> REPL, both of which give an empty string object.
> On my machine:
>>>> repr("''")
> '"\'\'"'
> Han

Well, I was kinda winging it and didn't actually use the interpreter
for some of those. The point is that the output I gave _could_
reasonably be that of the interpreter (if the implementation details
of repr() were slightly different; it would still meet the spec
anyway) and illustrates the eval()-repr() relationship.

Just keep in mind the equivalence rule and what repr() does should
become obvious.


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