what happens when the file begin read is too big for all lines tobe?read with "readlines()"

Ross Reyes rossreyes at rcn.com
Sat Nov 19 14:01:36 CET 2005

Yes, I have read this part....

      readlines( [sizehint])

Read until EOF using readline() and return a list containing the lines thus 
read. If the optional sizehint argument is present, instead of reading up to 
EOF, whole lines totalling approximately sizehint bytes (possibly after 
rounding up to an internal buffer size) are read. Objects implementing a 
file-like interface may choose to ignore sizehint if it cannot be 
implemented, or cannot be implemented efficiently.

Maybe I'm missing the obvious, but it does not seem to say what happens when 
the input for readlines is too big.  Or does it?

How does one tell exactly what the limitation is to the size of  the 
returned list of strings?

----- Original Message ----- 
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Subject: Re: what happens when the file begin read is too big for all lines 
tobe?read with "readlines()"

> Ross Reyes <rossreyes at rcn.com> wrote:
>> Sorry for maybe a too simple a question but I googled and also
>> checked my reference O'Reilly Learning Python book and I did not
>> find a satisfactory answer.
> The Python documentation is online, and it's good to get familiar with
> it:
>    <URL:http://docs.python.org/>
> It's even possible to tell Google to search only that site with
> "site:docs.python.org" as a search term.
>> When I use readlines, what happens if the number of lines is huge?
>> I have a very big file (4GB) I want to read in, but I'm sure there
>> must be some limitation to readlines and I'd like to know how it is
>> handled by python.
> The documentation on methods of the 'file' type describes the
> 'readlines' method, and addresses this concern.
>    <URL:http://docs.python.org/lib/bltin-file-objects.html#l2h-244>
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