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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 ``seek()`` and ``tell()``.
* ``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.
- `tailhead on GitHub <tailhead>`_
- `tailhead on Pypi <http://pypi.python.org/pypi/tailhead>`_
Install with ``pip`` or ``easy_install``.
pip install tailhead
f = open('test.txt', 'w')
for i in range(11):
f.write('Line %d\\n' % (i + 1))
# Get the last 3 lines of the file
# ['Line 9', 'Line 10', 'Line 11']
# Get the first 3 lines of the file
# ['Line 1', 'Line 2', 'Line 3']
# Follow the file as it grows
for line in tailhead.follow_path('test.txt'):
if line is not None:
Tailer currently only has doctests.
Run tests with nose::
nosetests --with-doctest tailhead
Run tests with doctest::
python -m doctest -v tailhead/__init__.py
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