Groups in regular expressions don't repeat as expected
neilc at norwich.edu
Thu Apr 21 09:16:36 EDT 2011
On 2011-04-20, John Nagle <nagle at animats.com> wrote:
> Findall does something a bit different. It returns a list of
> matches of the entire pattern, not repeats of groups within
> the pattern.
> Consider a regular expression for matching domain names:
> >>> kre = re.compile(r'^([a-zA-Z0-9\-]+)(?:\.([a-zA-Z0-9\-]+))+$')
> >>> s = 'www.example.com'
> >>> ms = kre.match(s)
> >>> ms.groups()
> ('www', 'com')
> >>> msall = kre.findall(s)
> >>> msall
> [('www', 'com')]
> This is just a simple example. But it illustrates an unnecessary
> limitation. The matcher can do the repeated matching; you just can't
> get the results out.
Thanks for the further explantion.
Assuming a fake API that returned multiple group matches as a
>>? print(re.match(r"^([a-z])+$", "abcdef").groups())
(('a', 'b', 'c', 'd', 'e', 'f'),)
I was thinking of applying findall something like this, but you
have to make multiple calls:
>>> m = re.match(r"^[a-z]+$", s)
>>> if m:
... print(re.findall(r"[a-z]", m.group()))
['a', 'b', 'c', 'd', 'e', 'f']
I can see that getting really annoying. Is there a better way to
make multiple group matches accessible without adding a third
element type as a group element?
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