.readline() - VERY SLOW compared to PERL

Christian Tismer tismer at tismer.com
Sat Nov 18 17:20:53 CET 2000

Harald Schneider wrote:
> Thanks or your reply. .readlines() won't fit, since the data is VERY huge.
> So .readline() is a must.
> The link on parmassus is definitive dead .... :-/
> Harald
> > So, why not try using the simpler 'for line in f.readlines()'
> > approach and see what that does to your performance.

Of course you can use readlines.

>From the docs:"""
readlines ([sizehint]) 
Read until EOF using readline() and return a list containing the lines thus
read. If the optional sizehint argument is present, instead of reading up to
EOF, whole lines totalling approximately sizehint bytes (possibly after rounding
up to an internal buffer size) are read. 

In other words, readlines(sizehint) gives you the opportunity
to work through your file in larger chunks of lines, without
reading everything at once.

hope this helps - chris

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