pattern matching

monkeys paw monkey at
Thu Feb 24 03:11:53 CET 2011

if I have a string such as '<td>01/12/2011</td>' and i want
to reformat it as '20110112', how do i pull out the components
of the string and reformat them into a YYYYDDMM format?

I have:

import re

test = re.compile('\d\d\/')
f = open('test.html')  # This file contains the html dates
for line in f:
         # I need to pull the date components here

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