Regular Expression

Cameron Simpson cs at
Mon Apr 13 03:21:30 CEST 2015

On 12Apr2015 17:55, Pippo <adm2303.2304 at> wrote:
>On Sunday, 12 April 2015 20:46:19 UTC-4, Cameron Simpson  wrote:
>> It looks like it should, unless you have mangled your regular expression.  
>> Also note that you can print the regexp's .pattern attribute:
>>   print(constraint.pattern)
>> as a check that what was compiled is what you intended to compile.
>This is the complete code:

Thank you.

>while j < len(content):
>    constraint = re.compile(r'(#C\[\w*\])')
>    result =[j])

I notice you seem to have incorporated MRAB's suggestion that the re.MULTILINE 
is a parameter for re.compile, not, and also my suggestion that you 
don't need it at all.

>    text.append(result)
>    print(constraint.pattern)
>    print(text)
>    print(repr(content[j]))
>    j = j+1
>This is the result I get:
>[<_sre.SRE_Match object at 0x10292ee40>]
>'#D{#C[Health] #P[Information] - \n'
>[<_sre.SRE_Match object at 0x10292ee40>, None]

I think you've missed the first line, but the above output looks correct to me 
at this point.

You may want to modify your code to say something like this:

    if result is not None:

so that you only accrue matches in your text list.

Then there are assorted things that can be done to improve the code in general, 
but could you see if you actual bugs are now fixed?

Cameron Simpson <cs at>

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it doesn't change, the standard will.   - Norman Diamond <diamond at>

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