[Tutor] Defining functions

Gabriel Farrell gsf at panix.com
Fri Mar 25 19:28:06 CET 2005

So, as a newbie, I see this thread and I check out the PEP and I see
that for future compatibility we should use sys.stdin.readline().  So
I import sys to see how it works.  Of course, sys.stdin.readline('type
anything: ') doesn't work in quite the same way as raw_input('type
anything: ') does.  The closest I can get after a few newbie stabs is:

>>>print 'type anything: ', sys.stdin.readline()
type anything: hello


What is the easiest way to get the exact functionality of raw_input()
(i.e. a prompt, no whitespace at the front, and no trailing \n) using


On Fri, Mar 25, 2005 at 11:02:43AM -0500, Jacob S. wrote:
> Yeah. And they're thinking of removing raw_input() too.  I think it's good 
> to have a __builtin__ user input function.  Why should we have to import 
> sys everytime we want user input? Almost every program that newbies write 
> uses it, and advanced programmers also if they're using console programs.  
> IMHO, I see no reason to remove it.
> ## end rant
> Jacob
> >Michael Dunn wrote:
> >>Something I've always wondered: if input() is so dangerous, why is it
> >>there? What valid uses does it have in the wild?
> >
> >It's a mistake planned to be removed in Python 3.0, the "hypothetical 
> >future release of Python that can break backwards compatibility with the 
> >existing body of Python code."
> >
> >Python tries very hard to maintain backward compatibility so things like 
> >input() are not removed.
> >
> >http://www.python.org/peps/pep-3000.html#built-ins
> >
> >Kent
> >
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