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[PYTHON] Displaying text length instead of the actual text.

Here is my code: I'm trying to display the 5 oceans, each in a new line, but when I run it, it displays the character length for each ocean, and not the actual text.

>>> oceans = ['Pacific', 'Atlantic', 'Indian', 'Southern', 'Arctic']
>>> with open('oceans.txt', 'w') as f:
...     for ocean in oceans:
...             f.write(ocean)

Any idea why it is doing this?

1 Answer

Chris Freeman
Chris Freeman
Treehouse Moderator 67,989 Points

This is correct behavior:

f.write(string) writes the contents of string to the file, returning the number of characters written. (see docs: methods of file objects)

The file is getting written with “PacificAtlanticIndianSouthernArctic”

Post back if you need more help. Good luck!!!