New to using re. Search for a number before a string.
breamoreboy at yahoo.co.uk
Sat Nov 2 14:31:59 CET 2013
On 01/11/2013 21:33, Captain Dunsel wrote:
> I have a text file that has lines with numbers occasionally appearing right before a person's name. For example:
> COLLEGE:ENROLLMENT:COMPLETED EVALUATIONS:624309FUDD, ELMER
> where I want to search for the name "ELMER FUDD" and extract the number right in front of it "608309" when such a number appears but the length of the number is variable and using ?<= in a regular expression will only search for a fixed length.
> Any ideas appreciated!
As you've had answers here's some references for future use
Also, the new regex package is an alternative to the stdlib re package.
It's available from https://pypi.python.org/pypi/regex
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