[Tutor] Getting total counts (Steven D'Aprano)
alan.gauld at btinternet.com
Sun Oct 3 02:04:30 CEST 2010
<aeneas24 at priest.com> wrote
> I can get the code you wrote to work on my toy data, but my real
> input data is actually contained in 10 files that are about 1.5 GB
> each--when I try to run the code on one of those files, everything
Fot those kind of volumes I'd go for a SQL database every time!
(SQLlite might be OK but I'd be tempted to go to something even
beefier, like MySQL, PostGres or Firebird)
> To solve this, I tried just having the data write to a different csv
For huge data volumes sequential files like csv are always going
to be slow. You need random access, and a full blown database
will probably be the best bet IMHO.
> But my guess is that converting from one CSV to another isn't
> going to be as efficient as creating a shelve database.
A shelve is fine for very simple lookups but its still basically
a flat file. And the minute you need to access by anything
other than the single key you are back to sequential processing.
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