[issue1152248] Enhance file.readlines by making line separator selectable

Douglas Alan report at bugs.python.org
Fri Jul 2 19:31:18 CEST 2010

Douglas Alan <darkwater42 at gmail.com> added the comment:

Until this feature gets built into Python, you can use a Python-coded generator such as this one to accomplish the same effect:

def fileLineIter(inputFile,
   """Like the normal file iter but you can set what string indicates newline.
   The newline string can be arbitrarily long; it need not be restricted to a
   single character. You can also set the read size and control whether or not
   the newline string is left on the end of the iterated lines.  Setting
   newline to '\0' is particularly good for use with an input file created with
   something like "os.popen('find -print0')".
   if outputNewline is None: outputNewline = inputNewline
   partialLine = ''
   while True:
       charsJustRead = inputFile.read(readSize)
       if not charsJustRead: break
       partialLine += charsJustRead
       lines = partialLine.split(inputNewline)
       partialLine = lines.pop()
       for line in lines: yield line + outputNewline
   if partialLine: yield partialLine

nosy: +Douglas.Alan

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