feof status (was: Re: [Python-Dev] Rehabilitating fgets)
Eric S. Raymond
Sat, 6 Jan 2001 23:01:25 -0500
Tim Peters <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
> > [Tim suggests to use fgets(), preparing the buffer with non-null
> > bytes, and searching for a null byte from the right.]
No, I haven't forgotten about the curses autoconfig stuff. But...
This mess reminds me. For some work I'm doing right now, it would be
very useful if there were a way to query the end-of-file status of a
file descriptor without actually doing a read.
I don't see this ability anywhere in the 2.0 API. Questions:
1. Am I missing something obvious?
2. If the answer to 1 is that I am not, in fact, being a dumbass, what
is the right way to support this? The obvious alternatives are an
eof member (analogous to the existing `closed' member, or an eof()
method. I favor the latter.
3. If we agree on a design, I'm willing to implement this at least for
Unix. Should be a small project.
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