[SciPy-user] fromfile, item, what other output than stdout / stderr is used ?

Robert Kern robert.kern@gmail....
Mon May 11 17:52:01 CDT 2009

On Mon, May 11, 2009 at 17:48, Christopher Barker <Chris.Barker@noaa.gov> wrote:
> Robert Kern wrote:
>> But that doesn't let you express, "read at most this number of items,"
>> which is really useful and is very common in file-reading APIs.
> fair enough --
>>> maybe a flag?
>> If it makes you feel better, you may consider the warnings mechanism
>> to be just such a flag, only it uses a Python-standard mechanism for
>> controlling such behavior.
> no, it doesn't -- I don't think warnings are designed for this sort of
> thing.
>>>> This lets you either silence
>>>> the warning or turn it into an exception depending on your use case.
> I've been a pythonista for years, and I have no idea how to turn a
> warning into an exception, and I DID just spend some time trying to
> figure it out -- it does not look easy. Maybe it is, but if it's hard to
> figure out, and it won't dawn on many users that they need to, there
> will be bugs.


import warnings
warnings.simplefilter('error', NotEnoughBytesWarning)

> I think we agree that fromfile() needs a way to spell:
> "read at most this number of items,"
> Why not spell that explicitly? we have "count" to specify whether or not
> you want a specific number of items. We could have max_count or
> whatever. I don't care how it's spelled but I do want to be able to
> explicitly spell which I want.
> In any case, having the warning printed with C stdout is not ideal.


Robert Kern

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enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as
though it had an underlying truth."
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