tarfile : read from a socket?

Chris Angelico rosuav at gmail.com
Thu Feb 11 08:18:04 EST 2016

On Thu, Feb 11, 2016 at 11:53 PM, Ulli Horlacher
<framstag at rus.uni-stuttgart.de> wrote:
> I have:
>   sock = socket.create_connection((server,port))
>   bs = kB64
>   taro = tarfile.open(fileobj=sock.makefile('w',kB64),mode='w')
> Traceback (most recent call last):
>   (...)
>   File "./fexit.py", line 1838, in sex_send
>     taro = tarfile.open(fileobj=sock.makefile('w',kB64),mode='w')
>   File "/usr/lib/python2.7/tarfile.py", line 1695, in open
>     return cls.taropen(name, mode, fileobj, **kwargs)
>   File "/usr/lib/python2.7/tarfile.py", line 1705, in taropen
>     return cls(name, mode, fileobj, **kwargs)
>   File "/usr/lib/python2.7/tarfile.py", line 1566, in __init__
>     self.offset = self.fileobj.tell()
> AttributeError: '_fileobject' object has no attribute 'tell'

Sounds like tarfile needs a seekable file. How big is this file you're
reading? Can you simply read the whole thing into memory, then use
io.BytesIO? I had a quick glance at help(BytesIO) but didn't find a
simple way to make a buffer that reads from an upstream file when it
needs more content, but it should be possible to build one.


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