[Tutor] Reading List from File

S Python spython01 at gmail.com
Thu Jul 31 20:03:55 CEST 2008

Hi Everyone,

Thanks for the variety of responses in such a short amount of time.
This distribution list is incredible.

Sorry for the delayed reply as I wanted to test what everyone
suggested, so here goes:


@Amin:  I tried your suggestion, but perhaps I don't understand your
syntax.  Here is what I tried and the resulting error message:

>>> f = open(r'C:\test.txt', 'r')
>>> foo = f.readline.split(',')

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<pyshell#16>", line 1, in <module>
    foo = f.readline.split(',')
AttributeError: 'builtin_function_or_method' object has no attribute 'split'

Do you know what I did wrong?


@Emad, Brett:  Thank you for your solutions.  They do exactly what I
was looking for.


@Chad:  Thanks for your suggestion.  I think I like it best for its simplicity.


@Emile, Monika, kinuthi:  The CSV standard library looks interesting
but I am having mixed results in implementing it.  For example, it
works when I try this:

>>> reader = csv.reader(open(r'c:\test.txt', 'rb'))
>>> for row in reader:
	print row

['aaa', 'bbb', 'ccc']

but it fails when I try:

>>> import csv
>>> myfile = open(r'c:\test.txt', 'r')
>>> data = csv.Reader(myfile, delimeter = ',')

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<pyshell#26>", line 1, in <module>
    data = csv.Reader(myfile, delimeter = ',')
AttributeError: 'module' object has no attribute 'Reader'

The error looks similar to what I received when I tried Amin's
approach.  Am I missing something?


It's interesting to note that for the solutions to work correctly, I
had to remove the quotation marks from the input file.

Thanks again to EVERYONE who took the time to respond.  I appreciate your help.


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