coson coson - 4 months ago 22
Python Question

Command-line input causes SyntaxError

I have a simple Python question that I'm having brain freeze on. This code snippet works. But when I substitue "258 494-3929" with phoneNumber, I get the following error below:

# Compare phone number
phone_pattern = '^\d{3} ?\d{3}-\d{4}$'

# phoneNumber = str(input("Please enter a phone number: "))

if re.search(phone_pattern, "258 494-3929"):
print "Pattern matches"
else:
print "Pattern doesn't match!"


#######################################################

Pattern does not match
Please enter a phone number: 258 494-3929
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "pattern_match.py", line 16, in <module>
phoneNumber = str(input("Please enter a phone number: "))
File "<string>", line 1
258 494-3929
^
SyntaxError: invalid syntax

C:\Users\Developer\Documents\PythonDemo>


By the way, I did
import re
and tried using
rstrip
in case of the
\n


What else could I be missing?

Answer

You should use raw_input instead of input, and you don't have to call str, because this function returns a string itself:

phoneNumber = raw_input("Please enter a phone number: ")
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