Parse a DSN string in Python

A simple hack to get the different parts of a DSN string (which are used in PDO in PHP):

def parse_dsn(dsn):
    m = re.search("([a-zA-Z0-9]+):(.*)", dsn)
    values = {}
    
    if (m and m.group(1) and m.group(2)):
        values['driver'] = m.group(1)
        m_options = re.findall("([a-zA-Z0-9]+)=([a-zA-Z0-9]+)", m.group(2))
        
        for pair in m_options:
            values[pair[0]] = pair[1]

    return values

The returned dictionary contains one entry for each of the entries in the DSN.

Update: helge also submitted a simplified version of the above:

driver, rest = dsn.split(':', 1)
values = dict(re.findall('(\w+)=(\w+)', rest), driver=driver)

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