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Pyline: a grep-like, sed-like command-line tool (Python package)



Somewhat unsurprisingly, I found the original pyline recipe while searching for "python grep sed" (see AUTHORS.rst and LICENSE.psf).

I added an option for setting p = Path(line) in the eval/compile command context and added it to my dotfiles ; where it grew tests and an optparse.OptionParser; and is now promoted to a GitHub project with ReadTheDocs documentation, tests with tox and Travis-CI, and a setup.py for PyPi.


Pyline is an ordered MapReduce tool:

Input Reader:
file, stdin (default)
Map Function:
python command string, modules, regex, path tools
Partition Function:
Compare Function:
Reduce Function:
bool() and sorted()
Output Writer:
ResultWriter classes


Install from PyPi:

pip install pyline

Install from GitHub as editable (add a pyline.pth in site-packages):

pip install -e git+https://github.com/westurner/pyline#egg=pyline


Print help:

pyline --help


# Print every line (null transform)
cat ~/.bashrc | pyline line
cat ~/.bashrc | pyline l

# Number every line
cat ~/.bashrc | pyline -n l

# Print every word (str.split(input-delim=None))
cat ~/.bashrc | pyline words
cat ~/.bashrc | pyline w

# Split into words and print (default: tab separated)
cat ~/.bashrc | pyline 'len(w) >= 2 and w[1] or "?"'

# Select the last word, dropping lines with no words
pyline -f ~/.bashrc 'w[-1:]'

# Regex matching with groups
cat ~/.bashrc | pyline -n -r '^#(.*)' 'rgx and rgx.group()'
cat ~/.bashrc | pyline -n -r '^#(.*)'

## Original Examples
# Print out the first 20 characters of every line
tail access_log | pyline "line[:20]"

# Print just the URLs in the access log (seventh "word" in the line)
tail access_log | pyline "words[6]"

Work with paths and files:

# List current directory files larger than 1 Kb
ls | pyline -m os \
  "os.path.isfile(line) and os.stat(line).st_size > 1024 and line"

# List current directory files larger than 1 Kb
#pip install path.py
ls | pyline -p 'p and p.size > 1024 and line'