Using rstrip() and lstrip() to remove 1st and last underscore character "_" withinin a string leads to a loss of character "t" in Python 3.7

  python, python-3.x

I have a series of .txt file and I want to remove the prefix and suffix to make them easier to read (and do further analysis)

A dummy name would be something like "Test_abcdef_000001.txt", "Test_abcdef_000002.txt" or "Test_abcdeft_000001.txt"

To remove the "Test_" and the "_000001.txt" part, I use rstrip() and lstrip() as followed:

for file in os.listdir(directory):
        if file.endswith(".txt"):
            if file.startswith("Test"):  
                print('old name is: '+file+'n')
                file = file.lstrip('Test_')
                for i in range(20):
                    if file.endswith(str(i).zfill(6)+'.txt'):
                            file_1 = file.rstrip('_'+str(i).zfill(6)+'.txt')
                            print('New name is: ' + file_1 +'n')

The first for loop is scan all the file within the directory. The second for loop with i is to deal with the _000001 or _000002 test name.

So, for example, with the following 4 test names, I’m expecting 4 "new" tests names:

  • Test_abcdtt_000001.txt –> abcdtt

  • Test_abct_000001.txt –> abct

  • Test_defg_000001.txt –> defg

  • Test_tcty_000001.txt –> tcty

However, in actual testing, I have the following result

  • Test_abcdtt_000001.txt –> abcd

  • Test_abct_000001.txt –> abc

  • Test_defg_000001.txt –> defg

  • Test_tcty_000001.txt –> cty

In other words, all "t" characters next to the "_" are lost, which is sub-optimal. Is there any advise/suggestion on this problem?

Thank you for your time and support.

For reference: I’m using Python 3.7 on my company computer. So just assume that I can NOT upgrade it to 3.9 and/or import any fancy library. In addition, some of my file may have _ inside them, for example Test_ab_ty_ui_000001.txt, and for this, the end result should be ab_ty_ui.

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