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
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.
pip install tailer
import tailer f = open('test.txt', 'w') for i in range(11): f.write('Line %d\\n' % (i + 1)) f.close()
# 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 the file as it grows for line in tailer.follow(open('test.txt')): print line
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