Reading lines from a data file

Discussion in 'Python' started by shoemoodoshaloo, May 20, 2009.

  1. shoemoodoshaloo

    shoemoodoshaloo

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    Hey guys,

    I'm new to the forum and hope to learn a great deal and someday even contribute.

    I have the following basic assignment:

    Take lines from some data file, call it input, and write them to an output. What I want to do is have the user specify the range (for example lines 10-20) that will be picked from the input file to the output file. I am trying to use readlines() and I am able to get the program to pick a certain number of lines, but it always begins as line 1. For example, if I specify lines (30-200) it will recognize that it must extract 170 lines from the input file; however, it starts at line 1 and runs to line 170 instead of starting at line 30. Here is a snipet of the code:

    first = int(raw_input('Enter a starting value'))
    last = int(raw_input('Enter a final value'))

    def add_line_numbers(infile, outfile):
    f = open(infile,'r')
    o = open(outfile,'w')
    i = 1


    for i in range(first, last):
    o.write(str(i)+'\t'+f.readline())


    f.close()
    o.close()


    --- Parsing code follows


    The code originally worked fine until I began editing it. The original code takes an entire input file and transfers it to an entire output file. So only my edits are in question.

    The 'i' acts as a counter, and that part works fine. The counter will read 30-200 for example; however, the lines that are inputing are still 1-170 from the original data type.

    As I said, I am new to python and very amenable to suggestions so if you have a smarter way to tackled this problem, I am all ears.
    shoemoodoshaloo, May 20, 2009
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