Newbie question involving buffered input

Caolan caolan at
Fri Sep 1 20:41:57 CEST 2006

That makes sense I suppose - why is there a stdin.flush() method then?


From: at on behalf of Jean-Paul Calderone
Sent: Fri 9/1/2006 9:53 AM
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Subject: Re: Newbie question involving buffered input

On Fri, 1 Sep 2006 09:31:11 -0700, Caolan <caolan at> wrote:
>I am executing the code below on a Windows XP system and if I enter > 2 characters it buffers the input and the call to sys.stdin.flush does not flush the input, it remains buffered.

You cannot flush input.  The flush method only relates to output.  The
*other* side of the file has to flush *its* output in order for you to
see it as input.

On Linux, the termios module provides a way to tell the system not to do
any buffering on a file descriptor.  pywin32 may expose equivalent
functionality for Windows.


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