How to convert a list of strings into a list of variables

Jerry Hill malaclypse2 at
Thu Aug 18 11:29:40 EDT 2011

On Thu, Aug 18, 2011 at 11:19 AM, noydb <jenn.duerr at> wrote:
> I am being passed the list of strings.  I have variables set up
> already pointing to files.  I need to loop through each variable in
> the list and do things to the files.  The list of strings will change
> each time, include up to 22 of the same strings each time.

If you have a mapping of strings to values, you should just go ahead
and store them in a dictionary.  Then the lookup becomes simple:

def foo(list_of_strings):
	mapping = {
		"bar0": "/var/log/bar0.log",
		"bar1": "/usr/local/bar/bar1.txt",
		"bar2": "/home/joe/logs/bar2.log",
	for item in list_of_strings:
		filename = mapping[item]



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