So for creating files I use the following:
fileHandle = open('fileName', 'w')
You might want to consider using a
tempfile.SpooledTemporaryFile which gives you the best of both worlds in the sense that it will create a temporary memory-based virtual file initially but will automatically switch to a physical disk-based file if the data held in memory exceeds a specified size.
Another nice feature is that (when using memory) it will automatically use either an
io.StringIO depending on what
mode is being used—allowing you to either read and write Unicode strings or binary data (bytes) to it.
The only tricky part might be the fact that you'll need to avoid closing the file between steps because doing so would cause it to be deleted from memory or disk. Instead you can just rewind it back to the beginning with a file
seek(0) method call.
When you are completely done with the file and close it, it will automatically be deleted from disk if the amount of data in it caused it to be rolled-over to a physical file.