extract substring by regex from a text file

Stefan Behnel stefan_ml at behnel.de
Sat Apr 17 04:58:47 EDT 2010

Alessio, 17.04.2010 10:19:
> I used readlines() to read my text file, then with a for cicle I
> extract line by line the substrings I need by regular expressions
> (re.findall())

Note that it's usually more efficient to just run the for-loop over the 
file object, rather than using readlines() first. The latter will read all 
lines into a big list in memory before doing any further processing, 
whereas the plain for-loop will read line by line and let the loop body act 
on each line immediately.


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