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How to escpate double quotes inside of single quotes in Python

Hi guys,

I was a python script that finds certain text and replaces it, however I can't seem to figure out how to escape double quotes inside of single quotes. Any ideas?

python - <<END
import string
s = open("/etc/init/control-alt-delete.conf").read()
s = s.replace('exec /sbin/shutdown -r now "Control-Alt-Delete pressed"', 'exec /usr/bin/logger -p security.info "Ctrl-Alt-Delete pressed"')
f = open("/etc/init/control-alt-delete.conf", 'w')
f.write(s)
f.close()
END

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Tbalz
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Tbalz
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käµfm³d 👽Commented:
Why do you need to escape them? You only need to escape quotes that match the quotes you use to wrap the whole string. If your outer quotes are single quotes, then any internal single quotes need to be escaped. Likewise with double quotes.

e.g.

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peprCommented:
To add... Even when you need to write both single and double quotes inside a string literal, you do not need to escape them. You can enclose the string value to the triple quotes -- using tripled or single quotes or double quotes like this:

s = """He said: "That's not a problem""""
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TbalzAuthor Commented:
Yes but it still doesn't work for me. This example has double quotes inside of single quotes.
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käµfm³d 👽Commented:
Perhaps if you tell or show us the error?
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Pasha KravtsovCommented:
Try this
python - <<END
import string
s = open("/etc/init/control-alt-delete.conf").read()
s = s.replace('exec /sbin/shutdown -r now \"Control-Alt-Delete pressed\" ', 'exec /usr/bin/logger -p security.info \"Ctrl-Alt-Delete pressed\" ')
f = open('/etc/init/control-alt-delete.conf', 'w')
f.write(s)
f.close()
END

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simon3270Commented:
It's probably not the escape characters (you *can* have them before double quotes, but you don't need to and they are simply swallowed by Python).

The problem is possibly because you have a space after the second double quote - if you input file doesn't have that space, the original pattern won't match, so it won't be replaced.

So, just change that text to
    pressed\"',

(and remove the backslashes if you like)
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