I decided to write a tiny class to automatically write and delete a file given filename and content. It is intended to make testing IO less verbose. I include a small example usage.


import os

class Temporary:
    def __init__(self, name, content):
        self.name = name
        self.content = content

    def __enter__(self):
        with open(self.name, 'w+') as f:

    def __exit__(self,_,__,___):


import doctest
from temporary import Temporary

def first_word_of_each_line(filename):
    >>> txt = '\\n'.join(['first line', 'second line', 'bar bar'])
    >>> with Temporary('foo.txt', txt): first_word_of_each_line('foo.txt')
    ['first', 'second', 'bar']
    with open(filename) as f:
        lines = f.read().splitlines()
        return [line.split()[0] for line in lines]

if __name__ == "__main__":
  • \$\begingroup\$ Better to patch open using something like pypi.python.org/pypi/mock \$\endgroup\$ May 19 '15 at 17:28
  • \$\begingroup\$ What was wrong with the various temporary file classes in the tempfile module? \$\endgroup\$ May 21 '15 at 14:07
  • \$\begingroup\$ @GarethRees nothing this is just an exercise with with not intended to be used for serious purposes \$\endgroup\$
    – Caridorc
    May 28 '15 at 18:06

There, well, really isn't much to review here, so I have just a couple of points on this.

  • Add a docstring to the class Temporary. Describe what this class does in detail, and flesh it out with useful information about arguments as well.
  • You're missing some whitespace in between parameters in your __exit__ declaration. It should look like this def __exit__(self, _, __, ___).
  • You should add a method like write_to_file so that the user can change the contents of the file during runtime, before it's deleted.
  • As mentioned by @GarethRees, there's already a Python module built for this kind of use, tempfile.

I hope this helps! If there's anything else that you want me to cover on this, mention it in the comments, and I'll see if I can cover it.


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