[Python-ideas] file API

Guido van Rossum guido at python.org
Thu Sep 27 22:00:34 CEST 2012

Also you can't express lseek()'s "relative to end of file" mode using
the proposed API. -1 on the whole thing.

On Thu, Sep 27, 2012 at 12:40 PM, Jim Jewett <jimjjewett at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 9/24/12, Mark Adam <dreamingforward at gmail.com> wrote:
>> For some time now, I've wanted to suggest a better abstraction for the
>> <file> type in Python.  It currently uses an antiquated, low-level
>> C-style interface for moving around in a file, with methods like
>> tell() and seek().
> I agree, but I'm not sure the improvement can be *enough* of an
> improvement to justify the cost of change.
>>>>> file.pos = x0ae1       #move file pointer to an absolute address
>>>>> file.pos += 1             #increment the file pointer one byte
> For text files, I would expect it to be a character count rather than
> a byte count.  So this particular proposal might end up adding as much
> confusion as it hopes to remove.
> -jJ
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