Why doesn't this RE match?

MRAB google at mrabarnett.plus.com
Sat Feb 7 01:34:52 CET 2009


Just Another Victim of the Ambient Morality wrote:
>     I'm confused by this behaviour:
> 
> 
> import re
> 
> regex = re.compile('foo')
> match = regex.match('whatfooever')
> 
> 
>     In my experience with regular expressions, regex should have found a 
> match.  However, in this case regex.match() returns None.  Why is that? 
> What am I missing?
>     Thank you...
> 
match() is anchored at (ie matches only at) the start of the string. You
need search(). It's in the docs! :-)



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