Newbie Python question about strings with parameters: “%%s”?

I'm trying to figure out what the following line does exactly - specifically the %%s part?

cursor.execute('INSERT INTO mastertickets (%s, %s) VALUES (%%s, %%s)'%sourcedest, (, n))

Any good mini-tutorial about string formatting and inserting variables into strings with Python?


The %% becomes a single %. This code is essentially doing two levels of string formatting. First the %sourcedest is executed to turn your code essentially into:

cursor.execute('INSERT INTO mastertickets (BLAH, FOO) VALUES (%s, %s)', (, n))

then the db layer applies the parameters to the slots that are left.

The double-% is needed to get the db's slots passed through the first string formatting operation safely.

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