python: ascii read

Sebastian Krause canopus at
Thu Sep 16 11:46:37 CEST 2004


I tried to read in some large ascii files (200MB-2GB) in Python using, but it did not work as I expected. The whole idea 
was to find a fast Python routine to read in arbitrary ascii files, to 
replace Yorick (which I use right now and which is really fast, but not 
as general as Python). The problem with was, that it 
is really slow, returns errors when trying to process large files and it 
also changes (cuts) the files (after processed a 2GB 
file its size was only 64MB).

Can someone give me hint how to use Python to do this job correctly and 
fast? (Maybe with another read-in routine.)



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