Is there a method that, say, for example... you open a file, and usually the cursor would be at the end right? Is there a function or method that would set the cursor back to the beginning of the file?

Thanks!

If you want to write something at the start of a file though you would need to do something like this

#opening the file in read ("r") mode
f = open("file.txt",'r')
#get all that is in the text file so far
oldString = f.readlines()
#and close it
f.close()


#delete it so we can reopen the file in write mode ('w')
del f
f=open("File.txt",'w')

#the string we are adding
newString = """
Hello
This will go
At the start"""

#writing the new string

for line in newString.split("\n"):
    f.write(line+'\n')

#writing the old string
for line in oldString:
    f.write(line+'\n')

#closing the file

f.close()

That is untested code.. so im not quite sure how it will work, but hopefully it shows the concept i am trying to show :)

hope it helps :)

Edited 7 Years Ago by Paul Thompson: n/a

You can easily explore it yourself ...

# exploring Python's file random access

text = 'ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ'

fname = 'test103.txt'

# create a test file
fout  = open(fname, "w")
fout.write(text)
fout.close()

# open the test file for reading
fin = open(fname, "r")

# file positions are zero based
# tell the current file position
print( fin.tell() )   # 0
# read the byte at that position
print( fin.read(1) )  # A
# after reading 1 byte the position has advanced by 1
print( fin.tell() )   # 1
# read the next byte
print( fin.read(1) )  # B
print( fin.tell() )   # 2

# move the position to 10
fin.seek(10)
# read the byte at position 10
print( fin.read(1) )  # K

fin.close()
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