simple string question

Scott David Daniels Scott.Daniels at Acm.Org
Tue Sep 8 22:26:13 CEST 2009

D'Arcy J.M. Cain wrote:
> On Mon, 7 Sep 2009 15:29:23 +1000
> "jwither" <jwither at> wrote:
>> Given a string (read from a file) which contains raw escape sequences, 
>> (specifically, slash n), what is the best way to convert that to a parsed 
>> string, where the escape sequence has been replaced (specifically, by a 
>> NEWLINE token)?
> I don't know what your actual requirement is but maybe this fits:
> exec("print '%s'" % x)

Lots of fun when preceded by:
     x = "'; sys.exit(); print 'b"

or far nastier things.  Exec is the same level of dangerous as eval.

--Scott David Daniels
Scott.Daniels at Acm.Org

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