seek operation in python

Cecil Westerhof Cecil at
Thu Apr 30 11:06:10 CEST 2015

Op Thursday 30 Apr 2015 10:31 CEST schreef Dave Angel:

> On 04/30/2015 04:06 AM, Cecil Westerhof wrote:
>> Op Thursday 30 Apr 2015 09:33 CEST schreef Chris Angelico:
>>> On Thu, Apr 30, 2015 at 4:27 PM, Cecil Westerhof <Cecil at> wrote:
>>>>> with open("input.cpp") as f:
>>>>> lines = f.readlines()
>>>>> print(lines[7])
>>>> Is the following not better:
>>>> print(open('input.cpp', 'r').readlines()[7])
>>>> Time is the same (about 25 seconds for 100.000 calls), but I find
>>>> this more clear.
>>> The significant difference is that the 'with' block guarantees to
>>> close the file promptly. With CPython it probably won't make a lot
>>> of difference, and in a tiny script it won't do much either, but
>>> if you do this on Jython or IronPython or MicroPython or some
>>> other implementation, it may well make a gigantic difference -
>>> your loop might actually fail because the file's still open.
>> I thought that in this case the file was also closed. But if that
>> is not the case I should think about this when I switch to another
>> version as CPython.
>> I wrote a module where I have:
>> def get_indexed_message(message_filename, index):
>> """
>> Get index message from a file, where 0 gets the first message
>> """
>> return open(expanduser(message_filename),
>> 'r').readlines()[index].rstrip()
>> But this can be used by others also and they could be using Jython
>> or another implementation. So should I rewrite this and other
>> functions? Or would it be OK because the open is in a function?
> No, it's not going to close the file just because the open is in a
> function. The "with" construct was designed to help solve exactly
> this problem. Please use it.

I already done it. I thought it not to much work. And it even makes
some code shorter:
-    marshal_file    = open(expanduser(marshal_filename), 'r')
-    not_list        = load(marshal_file)
-    marshal_file.close()
-    return not_list
+    with open(expanduser(marshal_filename), 'r') as f:
+        return load(f)

But here I did the close myself already, so that is not completely
honest of me. ;-)

I should spend some time to make my code more consistent.

Cecil Westerhof
Senior Software Engineer

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