while c = f.read(1)

sp1d3rx at gmail.com sp1d3rx at gmail.com
Fri Aug 19 22:18:01 CEST 2005


Alright, everyone seems to have gone off on a tangent here, so I'll try
to stick to your code...
"""
This is what I would ideally like:


  f = open("blah.txt", "r")
  while c = f.read(1):
      # ... work on c


But I get a syntax error.


    while c = f.read(1):
           ^
SyntaxError: invalid syntax

"""

That's because you are using an assignment operator instead of a
comparison operator. It should have been written like this:

while c == f.read(1):

that would be written correctly, though I don't think that is your
intention.
Try this novel implementation, since nobody has suggested it yet.
-----------------
import mmap

f  = open("blah.txt", 'r+') #opens file for read/write
c = mmap.mmap(f.fileno(),0) #maps the file to be used as memory map...

while c.tell() < c.size():
    print c.read_byte()
---------------
That accomplishes the same thing.




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