[Tutor] searching for newlines does not work!

winder@interchange.ubc.ca wgwinder at gmail.com
Sun Oct 24 00:03:47 CEST 2010

This is driving me batty!

In the interactive window, I can use string.replace on newlines for some
strings and not for others.

Here is what work for newlines:

bill at bill-laptop:~$ python
Python 2.6.5 (r265:79063, Apr 16 2010, 13:09:56)
[GCC 4.4.3] on linux2
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
>>> test=r"a \n b \n c \n"
>>> test.replace(r"\n","***")
'a *** b *** c ***'

Yay! So far, so good. But now I put in a string with newlines, test2, using
the triple quote method :

>>> test2="""
... a
... b
... c
... """
>>> test2.replace(r"\n","***")
>>> test2

Boo! It does not work. So there here is my question: Why does test work but
test2 does not? (And: Why me?)

Thanks for any suggestions,

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