print string as raw string

Diez B. Roggisch deets at
Tue Feb 17 05:39:48 EST 2009

Mirko Dziadzka schrieb:
> Hi all
> I'm trying to find a way to output strings in the raw-string format, e.g.
> print_as_raw_string(r"\.") should output r"\." instead of "\\."
> Is there a better way than writing your own print function? Some magic
> encoding?

There is no need to do this. Rawstrings are only different wrt to their 
parsing, the resulting string is the exact same.

r"\foo" == "\\foo"
type(r"\foo") == type("\\foo")

So there is no way to write something that distinguishes them.

Can it be that you are fooled by the repr() of strings in the interpreter?

 >>> r"\foo"

This is nothing to worry about, it's just the interpreter doing an 
implicit repr-call for the objects it displays.

If instead you'd do

 >>> print r"\foo"

you get what you want.


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