reading raw variables from file

Francesco Guerrieri f.guerrieri at
Fri Nov 30 12:50:52 CET 2007

On Nov 30, 2007 5:57 AM, Astan Chee <stanc at> wrote:
> Hi,
> I have a file that might contain literal python variable statements at
> every line. For example the file info.dat looks like this:
> users = ["Bob", "Jane"]
> status = {1:"ok",2:users[0]}
> the problem is I want to read this file and load whatever variables
> written in it as normal python variable statements so that when i read
> the file, my users var will be ["Bob","Jane"] and my status var will be
> {1:"ok",2:users[0]} . Is there an easy way of doing this instead of
> parsing the files and checking said types?

A much safer approach would be to use Yaml, which provides safely and
easily the requested feature
Give a look at:


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