[Python-Dev] Iterable sockets?

Guido van Rossum guido@python.org
Thu, 13 Mar 2003 20:57:00 -0500

> Line oriented network protocols are very common, and I often find myself
> calling the socket makefile method so I can read complete lines from a
> socket. I'm probably not the first one who's wished that socket objects
> where more file-like.
> While I don't think we'd want to go as far as to turn them into a stdio
> based file object, it might make sense to allow them to be iterated over
> (and add a .readline() method, I guess). This would necessitate adding some
> input buffering, which will complicate things like the .recv() method, so
> I'm not sure it's that good an idea, but it removes one gotchya for
> neophytes (and forgetful veterans). Thoughts?

Um, why doesn't the makefile() method do what you want?

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