Questions: While And List Comprehension

Chris Rebert clp2 at
Thu Nov 11 03:18:09 CET 2010

On Wed, Nov 10, 2010 at 5:38 PM, MRAB <python at> wrote:
> On 11/11/2010 00:29, James Mills wrote:
>> On Thu, Nov 11, 2010 at 8:56 AM, Emile van Sebille<emile at>  wrote:
>>> Easiest would be print [ v for v in sys.stdin.readlines()[:5] ] but that
>>> still reads the entire sys.stdin (whatever it may be...)
>> Here's a way of doing the same thing without consuming the entire
>> stream (sys.stdin):
>> #!/usr/bin/env python
>> import sys
>> print [v for v in list(line for line in sys.stdin)[:5]]
>> This uses a generator expression to read from stdin, converts this to
>> a list (only getting the first 5 items).
> 'list' will exhaust the input, then the slicing will return at most 5
> lines.

Also, the list comprehension and generator expression are both the
identity versions thereof, so a shorter equivalent version of the
erroneous code would be simply:
print list(sys.stdin)[:5]


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