When to use r instead of s in Python duplicate

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x = "There are %d types of people." % 10 ... print "I said: %r." % x

Why is %r used here instead of %s? When would you use %r, and when would you use %s?

Aug 2, 2018 in Python by Priyaj
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The %s specifier converts the object using str(), and %r converts it using repr().

For some objects such as integers, they yield the same result, but repr() is special in that (for types where this is possible) it conventionally returns a result that is valid Python syntax, which could be used to unambiguously recreate the object it represents.

Here's an example, using a date:

>>> import datetime

>>> d = datetime.date.today()

>>> str(d) '2011-05-14'

>>> repr(d) 'datetime.date(2011, 5, 14)'

Types for which repr() doesn't produce Python syntax include those that point to external resources such as a file, which you can't guarantee to recreate in a different context.

answered Aug 2, 2018 by bug_seeker
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