reading the last line of a file

Martin Franklin mfranklin1 at
Thu Sep 8 11:10:53 CEST 2005

Xah Lee wrote:
> Martin Franklin wrote:
>>import gzip
>>log_file ="access_log.4.gz")
>>last_line = log_file.readlines()[-1]
> does the
> log_file.readlines()[-1]
> actually read all the lines first?

Yes I'm afraid it does.

> i switched to system call with tail because originally i was using a
> pure Python solution
>          inF = gzip.GzipFile(ff, 'rb');
>          s=inF.readlines()
>          inF.close()
>          last_line=s[-1]
> and since the log file is 100 megabytes it takes a long time and hogs
> massive memory.

Ok, in that case stick to your shell based solution, although 100
megabytes does not sound that large to me I guess it is relative
to the system you are running on :) (I have over a gig of memory here)

>  Xah
>  xah at

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