file open fails.

Steven D'Aprano steven at
Wed Mar 25 01:36:32 CET 2009

On Tue, 24 Mar 2009 16:48:30 -0600, Wes James wrote:

> On Tue, Mar 24, 2009 at 4:32 PM, Wes James <comptekki at> wrote:
>> On Tue, Mar 24, 2009 at 4:04 PM, Scott David Daniels
>> <Scott.Daniels at> wrote:
>>> Atul. wrote:
>> <snip>
>>> In your case, '\r' is a return (a single character), not two
>>> characters long. I think its sad that 'C:\Thesis' doesn't cause an
>>> error because there is no such character as '\T', but I am probably
>>> excessively pedantic.
>> \T might mean the same thing as \t (tab), but I thought it would be
>> different...
> I guess not:
> Wonder why when I do print "test\Ttest" vs print "test\ttest"  \T just
> get printed?

Did you read the section you just linked to? It says so right there:

"Unlike Standard C, all unrecognized escape sequences are left in the 
string unchanged, i.e., the backslash is left in the string. (This 
behavior is useful when debugging: if an escape sequence is mistyped, the 
resulting output is more easily recognized as broken.) It is also 
important to note that the escape sequences marked as “(Unicode only)” in 
the table above fall into the category of unrecognized escapes for non-
Unicode string literals."

Since there is no standard escape \T then it gets treated as a literal 
backslash + uppercase t.


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