re.match and non-alphanumeric characters

Diez B. Roggisch deets at
Sun Nov 16 18:44:10 CET 2008

The Web President wrote:

> Dear all,
> this is really driving me nuts and any help would be extremely
> appreciated.
> I have a string that contains some numeric data. I want to isolate
> these data using re.match, as follows.
> bogus = "IFC(35m)"
> data = re.match(r'(\d+)',bogus)
> print
> I would expect to have "35" printed out to screen, but instead I get
> an error that the regular expression did not match:
> Traceback (most recent call last):
>   File "C:\Documents and Settings\Mattia\Desktop\Neeltje\",
> line 20, in <module>
>     print
> AttributeError: 'NoneType' object has no attribute 'group'
> Note that the same holds if I look for "35" straight, instead of "\d
> +". If instead I look for "IFC" it works fine. That is, apparently
> re.match will match only up to the first non-alphanumeric character
> and ignore anything after a "(", "_", "[" and god knows what else.
> I am using Python 2.6 (r26:66721, latest stable version). Am I missing
> something very big and very important?

Yep - Match matches the whole string. You want searching.


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