Reading an exact number of characters from input

Paddy O'Loughlin patrick.oloughlin at
Thu Apr 16 17:40:27 CEST 2009

How would I use python to simply read a specific number of characters
from standard input?

raw_input() only returns when the user inputs a new line (or some
other special character).
I tried
>>> import sys

and that *returns* up to 15 characters, but it keeps accepting input
(and doesn't return) until I press Enter.

My initial thoughts are that a function like C's fgetc would be the
easiest way to do it, but I haven't been able to find an equivalent in
my google search, so I was wondering if anyone here might have some

What say you?


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