3.13 linecache -- Random access to text lines

The linecache module allows one to get any line from any file, while attempting to optimize internally, using a cache, the common case where many lines are read from a single file. This is used by the traceback module to retrieve source lines for inclusion in the formatted traceback.

The linecache module defines the following functions:

getline(filename, lineno)
Get line lineno from file named filename. This function will never throw an exception -- it will return '' on errors (the terminating newline character will be included for lines that are found).

If a file named filename is not found, the function will look for it in the module search path, sys.path.

Clear the cache. Use this function if you no longer need lines from files previously read using getline().

Check the cache for validity. Use this function if files in the cache may have changed on disk, and you require the updated version.


>>> import linecache
>>> linecache.getline('/etc/passwd', 4)
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