For some reason, I can't find any tutorial mentioning how to do this...
So, how do I read the first n lines from a file?
I've come up with:
while File.open('file.txt') and count <= 3 do |f|
count += 1
File.open('file.txt').10.times do |f|
Here is a one-line solution:
lines = File.foreach('file.txt').first(10)
I was worried that it might not close the file in a prompt manner (it might only close the file after the garbage collector deletes the Enumerator returned by File.foreach). However, I used
strace and I found out that if you call
File.foreach without a block, it returns an enumerator, and each time you call the
first method on that enumerator it will open up the file, read as much as it needs, and then close the file. That's nice, because it means you can use the line of code above and Ruby will not keep the file open any longer than it needs to.