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- Subject: Re: Is breaking out of io.lines(file) safe?
- From: Steve Litt <slitt@...>
- Date: Sun, 20 Mar 2011 00:37:41 -0400
On Friday 18 March 2011 18:15:11 Duncan Cross wrote:
> On Fri, Mar 18, 2011 at 10:04 PM, mitchell <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > I want to iterate over the lines in a file, but break out if a certain
> > condition is true. The documentation says the EOF is detected and the
> > file is closed. If I break before the EOF is detected, is the file not
> > closed? I don't want to leave open file references in my Lua state.
> > for line in io.lines(filename) do
> > if condition then break end
> > ...
> > end
> > Thanks,
> > mitchell
> Yes, the file handle will still be open, at least until the file
> object is garbage collected. There is no way for an iterator to detect
> a broken loop and run cleanup code, so you will need to make sure the
> handle is closed explicitly.
Or you can just set a flag in the loop to prevent processing lines after
whatever condition happens. Or (drum roll please), you can use something like
my relevant_lines() iterator described at
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