Newby Question for reading a file

steven.oldner steven.oldner at
Thu Feb 19 14:07:21 EST 2009

On Feb 19, 12:40 pm, Mike Driscoll <kyoso... at> wrote:
> On Feb 19, 12:32 pm, "steven.oldner" <steven.old... at> wrote:
> > Simple question but I haven't found an answer.  I program in ABAP, and
> > in ABAP you define the data structure of the file and move the file
> > line into the structure, and then do something to the fields.  That's
> > my mental reference.
> > How do I separate or address each field in the file line with PYTHON?
> > What's the correct way of thinking?
> > Thanks!
> I don't really follow what you mean since I've never used ABAP, but
> here's how I typically read a file in Python:
> f = open("someFile.txt")
> for line in f:
>     # do something with the line
>     print line
> f.close()
> Of course, you can read just portions of the file too, using something
> like this:
> Which will read 64 bytes. For more info, check the following out:
>  - Mike

Hi Mike,

ABAP is loosely based on COBOL.

Here is what I was trying to do, but ended up just coding in ABAP.

Read a 4 column text file of about 1,000 lines and compare the 2
middle field of each line.  If there is a difference, output the line.

The line's definition in ABAP is PERNR(8) type c, ENDDA(10) type c,
BEGDA(10) type c, and LGART(4) type c.
In ABAP the code is:
LOOP AT in_file.
  IF in_file-endda <> in_file-begda.
    WRITE:\ in_file. " that's same as python's print

I can read the file, but didn't know how to look st the fields in the
line.  From what you wrote, I need to read each segment/field of the



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