(in memory) database

M.-A. Lemburg mal at egenix.com
Mon Sep 1 22:25:44 CEST 2008

On 2008-08-31 15:15, mark wrote:
> Hi there,
> I need to extract data from text files (~4 GB) on this data some
> operations are performed like avg, max, min, group etc. The result is
> formated and written in some other text files (some KB).
> I currently think about database tools might be suitable for this. I
> would just write the import from the text files and ... the tool does
> the rest. The only problem I can imagine is that this would not be
> fast enough. But I would give it a shoot.
> Unfortunately I have only some knowledge of SQLite which is not an
> option here.
> Some additional requirements I can think of are:
> - Python (I want to hone my programming skills too)
> - Python-only (no C-lib) for simplicity (installation, portability).
> Therefore SQLite is not an option
> - must be fast
> - I like SQL (select a, b from ...) this would be nice (row[..] + ...
> is a little hard getting used to)
> So far I found PyDBLite, PyTables, Buzhug but they are difficult to
> compare for a beginner.

You could use Gadfly for this since it is pure Python and provides
a standard Python DB-API interface:


(the C extensions are optional to speedup processing)

This is the SQL subset it supports:


Another option is SnakeSQL:


but I've never used that one, so can't judge its quality.

Marc-Andre Lemburg

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