[Numpy-discussion] numpy.fromfile method modification?

Travis Oliphant oliphant.travis at ieee.org
Tue Jan 17 13:49:01 CST 2006

Christopher Hanley wrote:

> Travis Oliphant wrote:
>> Yes, I think it would be possible.  Please keep me informed of other 
>> possible compatibility improvements.
>> Does the shape parameter just control the size of the resulting 
>> array?  Is it equivalent to a
>> .reshape(newshape)  at the end?
>> -Travis
> The shape parameter does control the size of the resulting array (so 
> you wouldn't need any information from the existing count parameter).
> The resulting array is the equivalent of what you would get if you 
> were to use the reshape method on the array currently returned by 
> fromfile. I prefer to us the array.shape = (newshape) since it is an 
> inplace operation instead of reshape.  At least this is what I am 
> doing in the pyfits port.
What do you think about the sizing paramter of numpy?   Is that 
important?  If so, I would suggest a wrapper function in Python that 
uses the current fromfile function.   We could rename the builtin to 
_fromfile in that case..


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