Python TypeError: not enough arguments for format string


Question

Here's the output. These are utf-8 strings I believe... some of these can be NoneType but it fails immediately, before ones like that...

instr = "'%s', '%s', '%d', '%s', '%s', '%s', '%s'" % softname, procversion, int(percent), exe, description, company, procurl

TypeError: not enough arguments for format string

Its 7 for 7 though?

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6/21/2012 8:25:24 PM

Accepted Answer

Note that the % syntax for formatting strings is becoming outdated. If your version of Python supports it, you should write:

instr = "'{0}', '{1}', '{2}', '{3}', '{4}', '{5}', '{6}'".format(softname, procversion, int(percent), exe, description, company, procurl)

This also fixes the error that you happened to have.

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6/22/2012 7:49:05 AM

You need to put the format arguments into a tuple (add parentheses):

instr = "'%s', '%s', '%d', '%s', '%s', '%s', '%s'" % (softname, procversion, int(percent), exe, description, company, procurl)

What you currently have is equivalent to the following:

intstr = ("'%s', '%s', '%d', '%s', '%s', '%s', '%s'" % softname), procversion, int(percent), exe, description, company, procurl

Example:

>>> "%s %s" % 'hello', 'world'
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>
TypeError: not enough arguments for format string
>>> "%s %s" % ('hello', 'world')
'hello world'

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