figuring out # of bytes

Discussion in 'Python' started by codecraig, Apr 22, 2005.

  1. codecraig

    codecraig Guest

    i want to the number of bytes in a string...

    is, len(x) accurate?

    so, x = "hi"
    len(x) == 2 that means two bytes?

    codecraig, Apr 22, 2005
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    Jaime Wyant Guest

    No, that means that the string is two bytes in length. The number of
    bytes is dependent on the encoding. It seems like there was a thread
    on this subject recently.

    Jaime Wyant, Apr 22, 2005
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  3. As long as type(x)==str, this is correct.

    Irmen de Jong, Apr 22, 2005
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    John J. Lee Guest


    That's only an issue if type(x) != str. (eg., type(x) == unicode)

    John J. Lee, Apr 24, 2005
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    codecraig Guest

    so each character in the string is 1 byte? if so, can u point me to
    somewhere that states that perhaps?

    codecraig, Apr 25, 2005
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    Jaime Wyant Guest

    Ughh, i misstated. More correctly, the string is 2 "characters" in
    length. The number of bytes per character depends on the encoding.

    Jaime Wyant, Apr 25, 2005
  7. the documentation, perhaps?


    The items of a string are characters. There is no separate
    character type; a character is represented by a string of one
    item. Characters represent (at least) 8-bit bytes. The built-in
    functions chr() and ord() convert between characters and
    nonnegative integers representing the byte values. Bytes
    with the values 0-127 usually represent the corresponding
    ASCII values, but the interpretation of values is up to the
    program. The string data type is also used to represent
    arrays of bytes, e.g., to hold data read from a file.

    Fredrik Lundh, Apr 25, 2005
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