[Python-Dev] PEP 385: the eol-type issue

M.-A. Lemburg mal at egenix.com
Fri Aug 7 10:31:01 CEST 2009

Neil Hodgson wrote:
> M.-A. Lemburg:
>> ... and because of this, the feature is already available if
>> you use codecs.open() instead of the built-in open():
>    So should I not add an issue for the basic open because codecs.open
> should be used for this case?

Like Antoine mentioned: Using codecs.open() and .readline()
is about 20-30 times slower than open().

This is mainly due to the fact that the codec's .readline()
method is implemented in pure Python and does its own

IMHO, it would be a lot better to add full Unicode support
for line breaks to the io layer. Given that the code for the
complicated handling of the CRLF combination is already there,
it's not difficult to add support for the remaing line break

The implementation could reuse the Bloom filter approach
used in unicodeobject.c to make this very fast.

BTW: I'm not sure why the io layer records the line endings
it has seen. This makes processing more complicated for no
apparent reason. In the few cases where you might need this
(I don't see any), you could just as well scan the lines
in a quick loop using Python.

Marc-Andre Lemburg

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