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emile 10-23-2012 11:35 PM

Re: Fast forward-backward (write-read)
On 10/23/2012 04:19 PM, David Hutto wrote:
> Whether this is fast enough, or not, I don't know:

well, the OP's original post started with
"I am working with some rather large data files (>100GB)..."

> filename = "data_file.txt"
> f = open(filename, 'r')
> forward = [line.rstrip('\n') for line in f.readlines()]

f.readlines() will be big(!) and have overhead... and forward results in
something again as big.

> backward = [line.rstrip('\n') for line in reversed(forward)]

and defining backward looks to me to require space to build backward and
hold reversed(forward)

So, let's see, at that point in time (building backward) you've got
probably somewhere close to 400-500Gb in memory.

My guess -- probably not so fast. Thrashing is sure to be a factor on
all but machines I'll never have a chance to work on.

> f.close()
> print forward, "\n\n", "********************\n\n", backward, "\n"

It's good to retain context.


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