Read a record instead of a line from a file

Simon Brunning SBrunning at
Fri Aug 24 16:40:12 CEST 2001

> From:	YMK [SMTP:gbeymk at]
> If I know the "Record Separator" of a flat file, how do I set to read
> one record at a time ?
If the file isn't large, I would suggest that you just read the whole lot
into a string, and split it like so (untested):

myfile = open('whatever')
myfiledata =
myfilelines = myfiledata.split(mydelimiter)

If the file is large, then you are going to have to do something clever. 

(Hmmm, sounds like *exactly* the sort of thing that Python 2.2's generators
were designed for! I can't play now, 'cos I'm at work, but I'll try
something this evening. Of course, the Martellibot will beat me too it,
*and* come up with a more elegant solution...)

Simon Brunning
TriSystems Ltd.
sbrunning at

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