[BangPypers] [Novice] Question on File seek and tell methods

Navin Kabra navin at smriti.com
Tue Jun 18 07:34:09 CEST 2013

> The way I would do this is as follows:

I would use itertools to make the code more concise. Also, a strong
recommendation that `with` should be used whenever you want to open a
file. And use of the `print_function` from `__future__` for python-3

    from __future__ import print_function
    from itertools import dropwhile
    with open('/tmp/foo.txt') as f:
        for line in dropwhile(lambda l: not l.startswith('Chennai'), f):
            # process line here
            if line.startswith('Angry Birds'):

Note: there is also `takewhile` in itertools that could have been
useful if the 'Angry Birds' line is not to be included in the selected

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