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Python tail is a simple implementation of GNU tail and head.

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Tailer

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Python tail is a simple implementation of GNU tail and head.

It provides 3 main functions that can be performed on any file-like object that supports seek() and tell().

  • tail - read lines from the end of a file
  • head - read lines from the top of a file
  • follow - read lines as a file grows

It also comes with pytail, a command line version offering the same functionality as GNU tail. This can be particularly useful on Windows systems that have no tail equivalent.

  • Tailer on GitHub <http://github.com/six8/pytailer>_
  • Tailer on Pypi <http://pypi.python.org/pypi/tailer>_

Installation

Install with pip or easy_install.

::

pip install tailer

Examples

::

import tailer f = open('test.txt', 'w') for i in range(11): f.write('Line %d\n' % (i + 1)) f.close()

Tail

::

# Get the last 3 lines of the file
tailer.tail(open('test.txt'), 3)
# ['Line 9', 'Line 10', 'Line 11']

::

# Get the first 3 lines of the file
tailer.head(open('test.txt'), 3)
# ['Line 1', 'Line 2', 'Line 3']

Follow

::

# Follow the file as it grows
for line in tailer.follow(open('test.txt')):
    print line

Running Tests

Tailer currently only has doctests.

Run tests with nose::

nosetests --with-doctest src/tailer

Run tests with doctest::

python -m doctest -v src/tailer/__init__.py

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