Curious to see alternate approach on a search/replace via regex

Peter Otten __peter__ at web.de
Thu Feb 7 10:49:06 CET 2013


rh wrote:

> I am curious to know if others would have done this differently. And if so
> how so?
> 
> This converts a url to a more easily managed filename, stripping the
> http protocol off.
> 
> This:
>  
> http://alongnameofasite1234567.com/q?sports=run&a=1&b=1
> 
> becomes this:
> 
> alongnameofasite1234567_com_q_sports_run_a_1_b_1
> 
> 
> def u2f(u):
>     nx = re.compile(r'https?://(.+)$')
>     u = nx.search(u).group(1)
>     ux = re.compile(r'([-:./?&=]+)')
>     return ux.sub('_', u)
> 
> One alternate is to not do the compile step. There must also be a way to
> do it all at once. i.e. remove the protocol and replace the chars.

Completely without regular expressions:

import string

ILLEGAL = "-:./?&="
try:
    TRANS = string.maketrans(ILLEGAL, "_" * len(ILLEGAL))
except AttributeError:
    # python 3
    TRANS = dict.fromkeys(map(ord, ILLEGAL), "_")

PROTOCOLS = {"http", "https"}

def url_to_file(url):
    protocol, sep, rest = url.partition("://")
    if protocol not in PROTOCOLS:
        raise ValueError
    return rest.translate(TRANS)

if __name__ == "__main__":
    url = "http://alongnameofasite1234567.com/q?sports=run&a=1&b=1"
    print(url)
    print(url_to_file(url))





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