Pythonic use of CSV module to skip headers?

Ramon Felciano felciano at ingenuity.com
Fri Dec 3 00:21:04 CET 2004


Hi --

I'm using the csv module to parse a tab-delimited file and wondered
whether there was a more elegant way to skip an possible header line.
I'm doing

	line = 0
	reader = csv.reader(file(filename))
	for row in reader:
		if (ignoreFirstLine & line == 0):
			continue
		line = line+1
		# do something with row

The only thing I could think of was to specialize the default reader
class with an extra skipHeaderLine constructor parameter so that its
next() method can skip the first line appropriate. Is there any other
cleaner way to do it w/out subclassing the stdlib?

Thanks!

Ramon



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