small problem with re.sub

Gabriel Genellina gagsl-py2 at
Thu Jan 31 04:49:33 CET 2008

En Thu, 31 Jan 2008 01:01:30 -0200, Astan Chee <stanc at> escribió:

> I have a html text stored as a string. Now I want to go through this
> string and find all 6 digit numbers and make links from them.
> Im using re.sub and for some reason its not picking up the previously
> matched condition. Am I doing something wrong? This is what my code
> looks like:
> htmlStr = re.sub('(?P<id>\d{6})','<a
> href=\"\">(?P=id)</a>',htmlStr)
> It seems that it replaces it alright, but it replaces it literally. Am I
> not escaping certain characters?

Two errors:
- use raw strings r"..." to write regular expressions (or quote every  
- if you want to *substitute* a named group, the syntax is "\g<name>"; you  
have used the syntax to *match* a named group.


In simple cases like this, may be easier to just use a number:

re.sub(r'(\d{6})',r'<a href="\1.html">\1</a>',htmlStr)

Gabriel Genellina

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