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Now that you know how to create and use Python's tuples, listsand dictionaries, it's time to get your hands dirty. In this article, findout how to read from, and write to, files on the filesystem with built-inPython methods, and also take a look at some of the new features availablein Python 2.x.

TABLE OF CONTENTS:
  1. Python 101 (part 5): Snake Oil For The Soul
  2. Air In A Bottle
  3. Treading The Right Path
  4. Standing In Line
  5. Learning To Write
  6. Desperately Seeking Python
  7. String Theory
  8. Pop() Goes The Weasel
By: Vikram Vaswani, (c) Melonfire
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July 09, 2001

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You can specify a full path to the file as well:

>>> data = open("/tmp/snakeoil.txt") >>>
You could write a Python program that accomplishes the same thing:

#!/usr/bin/python # open file data = open("snakeoil.txt") # read file dump = data.read() print dump, "-- EOF -- EOF --" # clean up data.close()
And when you run this script, Python should return the contents of the file"snakeoil.txt", with a message at the end.

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Notice that since this is being run as a script and not via thecommand-line interpreter, the \012s are automatically converted into linebreaks.

And look what happens if the file doesn't exist:

>>> data = open("/tmp/nosuchfile.txt") Traceback (innermost last): File "", line 1, in ? IOError: [Errno 2] No such file or directory: '/tmp/nosuchfile.txt' >>>


 
 
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