Posts Tagged ‘file’

Imagine you have two text files, one with a list of names and another with a list of birth dates, which each name corresponding to the date of birth on the same line number in the other file, like so: names.txt Anthony Kiedis Flea Chad Smith John Frusciante dob.txt 1-Nov-1962 16-Oct-1962 25-Oct-1961 5-Mar-1970 You would […]

Reading a file line by line in Bash

Posted: 26th July 2015 by Tim in Bash, Linux
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There are a few ways to read a file in bash, each with their own caveats. If you’re looking to read a file line-by-line verbatim, including blank lines, then using a simple while loop should do the trick. For example, the following code will print the contents of a file with line numbers: line_no=0 while […]

Creating temporary files in Java

Posted: 9th July 2015 by Tim in Java
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Sometimes it is necessary to use temporary files in your program. One concern when creating these files is thread safety; two processes creating a temporary file with the same name. This concern can be largely ignored using Java’s File.createTempFile, which guarantees the file path is unique amongst all java processes running on that JVM. For […]

LaTeX style (.sty) files

Posted: 27th June 2014 by Tim in LaTeX
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When writing LaTeX documents, you may find yourself copying and pasting some common settings such as margins, fonts and paragraph indentation. This is not only tedious, it can be a real headache if you’re writing multiple documents that you want to look the same. To solve this problem, you can use a style (.sty) file. […]

FIFOs are a very simple tool for communicating between processes. And using them in python is very easy. Simply call os.mkfifo(<path>) and treat the FIFO like any other file. For example, we can create two simple python scripts, one for sending and one for receiving. sender.py import os path = “/tmp/my_program.fifo” os.mkfifo(path) fifo = open(path, […]

Reading from a file in C

Posted: 31st October 2010 by Tim in C
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Reading data from a file is fairly common. The stdio.h provides us with a function, getline, which allows us to read lines from a file without worrying about buffer overflows and other memory corruption issues that C is famous for. The following code opens a file named “myfile.txt” and prints out each line with the […]

Reading from a file in C++

Posted: 27th September 2010 by Tim in C++
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Reading data from a file is common in programming. C++ makes this process fairly painless with the ifstream class. When combined with the string class, you can avoid the memory and buffer overflow issues which you would have to deal with in C. The following example opens a file named “myfile.txt” and prints out each […]