Scanning a file character by character

Tim Chase python.list at
Tue Feb 17 21:26:17 CET 2009

Josh Dukes wrote:
> In [401]: import shlex
> In [402]: shlex.split("""Joe went to 'the store' where he bought a "box of chocolates" and stuff.""")
> how's that work for ya? 

It works great if that's the desired behavior.  However, the OP 
wrote about splitting the lines into separate words, not 
"treating quoted items as a single word".  (OP: "How would I do 
separate lines into words without scanning one character at a time?")

But for pulling out quoted strings as units, the shlex is a great 


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