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strip-with-multi-characters (B005)#

Derived from the flake8-bugbear linter.

What it does#

Checks for uses of multi-character strings in .strip(), .lstrip(), and .rstrip() calls.

Why is this bad?#

All characters in the call to .strip(), .lstrip(), or .rstrip() are removed from the leading and trailing ends of the string. If the string contains multiple characters, the reader may be misled into thinking that a prefix or suffix is being removed, rather than a set of characters.

In Python 3.9 and later, you can use str.removeprefix and str.removesuffix to remove an exact prefix or suffix from a string, respectively, which should be preferred when possible.

Known problems#

As a heuristic, this rule only flags multi-character strings that contain duplicate characters. This allows usages like .strip("xyz"), which removes all occurrences of the characters x, y, and z from the leading and trailing ends of the string, but not .strip("foo").

The use of unique, multi-character strings may be intentional and consistent with the intent of .strip(), .lstrip(), or .rstrip(), while the use of duplicate-character strings is very likely to be a mistake.


"text.txt".strip(".txt")  # "e"

Use instead:

"text.txt".removesuffix(".txt")  # "text"