Pythonic infinite for loop?

Ethan Furman ethan at
Fri Apr 15 09:56:55 EDT 2011

Chris Angelico wrote:
> lst=[]
> for i in xrange(1,10000000): # arbitrary top, don't like this
>   try:
>     lst.append(parse_kwdlist(dct["Keyword%d"%i]))
>   except KeyError:
>     break

Possibly overkill:

import dbf
table = dbf.from_csv("csvfile")   # fields get names f0, f1, f2, ...
table.rename_field('f3', 'key') # or whatever

def keyword_only(record):
     if record.key.startswith('keyword'):
         return int(record.key[len('keyword'):]))
     return dbf.DoNotIndex

keywords = table.create_index(keyword_only)
# keywords is usable as an iterator
for rec in keywords:

# if you only want the first contiguous records
for i, rec in enum(keywords):
     if rec.key != 'keyword%d' % enum:

Disclosure: I am the author of the dbf module.

Depending on your needs for the other fields of the csv file, this might 
be an easier way to access them.  Field names can also be specified when 
opening the csv file, I didn't bother for this example since I don't 
know what all your field names are.  ;)

Hope this helps!


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