my post method returns (u'') and django saves includes the (u'') string when saving it

This is how I retrieve the post data from the webpage. The person models can be saved but it includes the "(u'')" string. For example if change the firstname to "Alex", it gets the raw value u('Alex') and saves it.

def submit_e(req, person_id=None):


        person_id = req.POST['driver']
        person = Person.objects.get(pk=person_id)

        person.firstname = req.POST['firstname'],
        person.midname   = req.POST['middleinitial'],
        person.lastname  = req.POST['lastname'],

    except Exception as e:
        print e
    return HttpResponseRedirect(reverse('users:user_main'))

Asked by: Vivian405 | Posted: 30-11-2021

Answer 1

NB: the following is my best guess at what you are seeing based on your question. If I have guessed wrongly, the please update your post with more details - putting print statements throughout your code and adding the output to your post would be a good start.

The u prefix on a string indicates a Unicode string. It is not actually part of the contents of the string. If we create a string in the interpreter:

>>> name = u'Me'

and then request details of the string,

>>> name

then the u is shown as it is part of the information about the string, which is what we have requested. If we print the contents of the string

>>> print name

then the u is not shown (just like the quotes aren't shown).

Using the interpreter to try and reproduce your problem, I created a new user with a Unicode string for a username:

>>> from django.contrib.auth.models import User
>>> new_user = User()
>>> new_user.username = u'Me'

And as before, if we request the details about the string we see the u and the quotes, but if we print the contents of the string we don't:

>>> new_user.username
>>> print new_user.username
>>> Me

To further confirm the u was not stored, we can explore the database directly:

sqlite> select username from auth_user;

Answered by: Daryl834 | Posted: 01-01-2022

Answer 2

you need to delete the "," at the end of each line so, before:

person.firstname = req.POST['firstname'],
person.midname   = req.POST['middleinitial'],
person.lastname  = req.POST['lastname'],


person.firstname = req.POST['firstname']
person.midname   = req.POST['middleinitial']
person.lastname  = req.POST['lastname']

Answered by: Ryan754 | Posted: 01-01-2022

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