152 is faster that 221 ? I think not ...

Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams ignacio at openservices.net
Tue Aug 28 14:04:49 CEST 2001

On Tue, 28 Aug 2001, Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams wrote:

> It's quite simple. file.readlines() generates a true list in one go, whereas
> xreadlines.xreadlines() creates a generator that has to be called each time
> you want a line. Generators will never be faster than data.
> If you test range() versus xrange() for very large values you'll find the same
> thing, even in the same version of Python.

Okay, after doing some testing, I'm going to retract what I said about range
v. xrange (at least on my P2-266). It seems that they're too close to tell,
and sometimes xrange() does seem faster. I can'r entirely explain xreadlines()
without going into source.

One thing I _will_ say, however, is that 2.1.1 is faster then 1.5.2 with
respect to both range() and xrange().

Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams  <ignacio at openservices.net>

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