Title: behaves differently from regular files
Type: behavior Stage: resolved
Components: Versions: Python 2.7, Python 2.6
Status: closed Resolution: duplicate
Dependencies: Superseder: When I use and f.readline() follow up by return bad result
View: 8260
Assigned To: Nosy List: A.S, serhiy.storchaka, tdb, vstinner
Priority: normal Keywords:

Created on 2012-04-02 13:13 by tdb, last changed 2012-12-07 20:03 by serhiy.storchaka. This issue is now closed.

Messages (4)
msg157355 - (view) Author: Mikko Rasa (tdb) Date: 2012-04-02 13:13
For regular files, a read() call without arguments will read until EOF.  codecs.StreamReader does its own buffering, and if there are characters in the buffer, a read() call will be satisfied from the buffer without an attempt to read the rest of the file.  This discrepancy causes certain code that worked with regular open() fail if is substituted.

The easiest way to reproduce this is to first call readline() and then read().  Since readline() can't know how many characters are on the line, it will almost always leave some characters in the buffer, triggering the problem with read().
msg157380 - (view) Author: STINNER Victor (vstinner) * (Python committer) Date: 2012-04-02 20:03
Oh, yet another bug in in codecs.StreamReader. I should add it to the PEP :-)

Use io.TextIOWrapper (open) instead of codecs.StreamReader (, it's bugfree :-)
msg160941 - (view) Author: Andrew (A.S) Date: 2012-05-16 23:37
Just got this behavior, with readlines(), which is unsurprising since it internally uses read() as described in the original bug report.

The break on line 468 of seems to be the problem, it fixes it if I remove this conditional locally.

I may be overlooking something, but I would assume this should be checking if the character buffer extends to the EOF of the underlaying stream at this point?

As stated before can be reproduced by:
f =
msg177122 - (view) Author: Serhiy Storchaka (serhiy.storchaka) * (Python committer) Date: 2012-12-07 20:03
This is obviously a duplicate of issue8260 and issue12446.
Date User Action Args
2012-12-07 20:03:38serhiy.storchakasetstatus: open -> closed

superseder: When I use and f.readline() follow up by return bad result

nosy: + serhiy.storchaka
messages: + msg177122
resolution: duplicate
stage: resolved
2012-05-16 23:37:34A.Ssetnosy: + A.S
messages: + msg160941
2012-04-02 20:03:58vstinnersetnosy: + vstinner
messages: + msg157380
2012-04-02 13:13:33tdbcreate