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get back my simple little string after re search and replace

Gontrand Trudau
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I have read the python doc pretty much, played around with python code,
but unable to get back my "string" after made my replacement with python RE

Here my string :

['(E-Mail Removed)
;(E-Mail Removed) ;name,
firstname ;info;2010-01-01T00:00:00']

I used Kodos (version 2.4.9) under ubuntu 9.04 to get this code :

import re

# common variables

rawstr = r"""\s*\;"""
embedded_rawstr = r"""\s*\;"""
matchstr = """(E-Mail Removed)
;(E-Mail Removed) ;name,
firstname ;info;2010-01-01T00:00:00"""

# method 1: using a compile object
compile_obj = re.compile(rawstr)
match_obj =

# method 2: using search function (w/ external flags)
match_obj =, matchstr)

# method 3: using search function (w/ embedded flags)
match_obj =, matchstr)

# Replace string
newstr = compile_obj.subn('','', 0)

By the way I use Python 2.6.2 (release26-maint, Apr 19 2009, 01:56:41)
under ubuntu.

My objective is to remove all the white space except the one between the
name and the firstname, that is OK.

I understand that re.compile compile my re stored in rawstr... match_obj
return : <_sre.SRE_Match object at 0xb7777c28> that mean there were a
match... I can extract information from this objet in a couple of way
with : or match_obj.start...

Sorry to be a newbie who is trying to make something easy but just felt
on technical programmer stuff...

I would just like to be able to do something like that :

print match_obj

and have the result of the modification I just did :

(E-Mail Removed)','(E-Mail Removed)','name, firstname','info','2010-01-01T00:00:00

Thank you

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