python grep

Stefan Behnel stefan_ml at
Thu Apr 8 17:40:36 CEST 2010

Mag Gam, 08.04.2010 14:21:
> On Thu, Apr 8, 2010 at 7:31 AM, Stefan Behnel wrote:
>> Mag Gam, 08.04.2010 13:21:
>>> I am in the process of reading a zipped file which is about 6gb.
>>> I would like to know if there is a command similar to grep in python
>>> because I would like to emulate, -A -B option of GNU grep.
>>> Lets say I have this,
>>> 083828.441,AA
>>> 093828.441,AA
>>> 094028.441,AA
>>> 094058.441,CC
>>> 094828.441,AA
>>> 103828.441,AA
>>> 123828.441,AA
>>> if I do grep -A2 -B2 "CC"
>>> I get 2 lines before and 2 lines after "C"
>>> Is there an easy way to do this in python?
>> Sure, just use a sliding window.
>> However, for a 6BG file, you won't really like the performance. It's
>> basically impossible to beat the speed of (f)grep.
>> I'd use the subprocess module to run zfgrep over the file and parse the
>> output in Python.
> Oh, thats nice to know!
> But I use the CSV module with gzip module. Is it still possible to do
> it with the subprocess?

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