Fix Python – Remove all line breaks from a long string of text

Question

Asked By – Ian Zane

Basically, I’m asking the user to input a string of text into the console, but the string is very long and includes many line breaks. How would I take the user’s string and delete all line breaks to make it a single line of text. My method for acquiring the string is very simple.

string = raw_input("Please enter string: ")

Is there a different way I should be grabbing the string from the user? I’m running Python 2.7.4 on a Mac.

P.S. Clearly I’m a noob, so even if a solution isn’t the most efficient, the one that uses the most simple syntax would be appreciated.

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Answer

How do you enter line breaks with raw_input? But, once you have a string with some characters in it you want to get rid of, just replace them.

>>> mystr = raw_input('please enter string: ')
please enter string: hello world, how do i enter line breaks?
>>> # pressing enter didn't work...
...
>>> mystr
'hello world, how do i enter line breaks?'
>>> mystr.replace(' ', '')
'helloworld,howdoienterlinebreaks?'
>>>

In the example above, I replaced all spaces. The string '\n' represents newlines. And \r represents carriage returns (if you’re on windows, you might be getting these and a second replace will handle them for you!).

basically:

# you probably want to use a space ' ' to replace `\n`
mystring = mystring.replace('\n', ' ').replace('\r', '')

Note also, that it is a bad idea to call your variable string, as this shadows the module string. Another name I’d avoid but would love to use sometimes: file. For the same reason.

This question is answered By – Daren Thomas

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