11.8. GlossaryΒΆ

open

You must open a file before you can read its contents.

close

When you are done with a file, you should close it.

read

Will read the entire contents of a file as a string. This is often used in an assignment statement so that a variable can reference the contents of the file.

readline

Will read a single line from the file, up to and including the first instance of the newline character.

readlines

Will read the entire contents of a file into a list where each line of the file is a string and is an element in the list.

write

Will add characters to the end of a file that has been opened for writing.

absolute file path

The name of a file that includes a path to the file from the root directory of a file system. An absolute file path always starts with a /.

relative file path

The name of a file that includes a path to the file from the current working directory of a program. An relative file path never starts with a /.

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