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My attempt at the minimal code to read text files one line at a time in node.js
var fs = require('fs'),
StringDecoder = require('string_decoder').StringDecoder,
util = require('util');
function lineByLine(fd) {
var blob = '';
var blobStart = 0;
var blobEnd = 0;
var decoder = new StringDecoder('utf8');
var CHUNK_SIZE = 16384;
var chunk = new Buffer(CHUNK_SIZE);
var eolPos = -1;
var lastChunk = false;
var moreLines = true;
var readMore = true;
// each line
while (moreLines) {
readMore = true;
// append more chunks from the file onto the end of our blob of text until we have an EOL or EOF
while (readMore) {
// do we have a whole line? (with LF)
eolPos = blob.indexOf('\n', blobStart);
if (eolPos !== -1) {
blobEnd = eolPos;
readMore = false;
// do we have the last line? (no LF)
} else if (lastChunk) {
blobEnd = blob.length;
readMore = false;
// otherwise read more
} else {
var bytesRead = fs.readSync(fd, chunk, 0, CHUNK_SIZE, null);
lastChunk = bytesRead !== CHUNK_SIZE;
// TODO blob grows until memory is exhausted!
blob += decoder.write(chunk.slice(0, bytesRead));
}
}
if (blobStart < blob.length) {
processLine(blob.substring(blobStart, blobEnd + 1));
blobStart = blobEnd + 1;
if (blobStart >= CHUNK_SIZE) {
// blobStart is in characters, CHUNK_SIZE is in octets
var freeable = blobStart / CHUNK_SIZE;
blob = blob.substring(CHUNK_SIZE);
blobStart -= CHUNK_SIZE;
blobEnd -= CHUNK_SIZE;
}
} else {
moreLines = false;
}
}
}
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