Generic I/O

Henning Thielemann iakd0 at
Fri Oct 22 11:05:02 EDT 2004

On Fri, 22 Oct 2004, John Goerzen wrote:

> In Python, a file handle is just another object.  It has certain methods
> that Python programmers expect to find: read(), readlines(), write(),
> writelines(), seek(), tell(), etc.  This is useful because even things
> do not correspond to OS-level file descriptors can be accessed as files.
> In Python, this is used so that a file-like interface is available for
> gzip/gunzip interfaces, strings, SSL connections, bzip2, files from FTP,
> etc.  That means that almost any function designed to work with an
> on-disk file could also work transparently read from a gzipped file, a
> string, etc.

If all of these objects can be represented as Strings or at least as Lists
in many cases you only need a function that reads or writes the complete
disk object, such as readFile and writeFile. You can apply all string or
list functions respectively on the contents of the file and lazy
evaluation assures a streaming behaviour of the complete process. Though
I'm afraid, seeking won't work this way. 

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