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Cleaning multiple build directories

I'm cleaning build directories produced by GNOME build tool, JHBuild. This tool either downloads tarballs or clones git repositories, depending on set-up. After that, it proceeds to compilation (and ...
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Python generator function that yields combinations of elements in a sequence sorted by subset order

In Python, itertools.combinations yields combinations of elements in a sequence sorted by lexicographical order. In the course of solving certain math problems, I ...
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Extracting lines from a file, the smelly way

I have a section of code I use to extract an event log out of a large text file. It works well, it's just my use of list(itertools.takewhile(...)) that feels a ...
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"File Fix-it" challenge

I'm learning Python and have found this problem from Google Code Jam: How many mkdir commands does it take to construct a given directory tree: Input The first ...
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Should I use atexit to close db connection?

I just realized that I could turn: ...
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Merging two lists from dictionary. How to do this in a better way?

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Three-table queryset (full outer join?) in Django

I've got three tables I need query to display to a user for a web application I've written. Each table (Url, Note, Quote) has a foreign key relation to the User table. For every User, I need to sort ...
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Splitting an array of numbers into all possible combinations

This takes an array of numbers then splits it into all possible combinations of the number array of size 4 then in another array puts the leftovers. As I want to take the difference in averages of ...
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python object pool with metaclasses

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Suggestions for a Profiler class in Python

Here's what I've right now: ...
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Sorting strings by length - functional Python

I'm trying to port this little F# snippet while staying pythonic: ...
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Security of simple client/server desktop app

I am writing an application aimed at the desktop but using web technologies. It will have an HTML interface and a server written in Python using Flask will do all of the filesystem interaction. It ...
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Substitution of different occurrences of a string with changing patterns

I need to parse an invalid JSON string in which I find many repetitions of the same key, like the following snippet: ...
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Conversion from/to roman numbers

I wrote as an exercise in Test-Driven Development a piece of Python code that contains two functions: roman2dec(roman), that converts a roman number (string) into ...
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Traversing a multidimensional structure and applying strip() to all strings

I'm trying to apply string.strip() to all the leafs that are strings in a multidimensional collection, but my Python is a bit rusty (to say the least). The ...
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Getting lists of values from a CSV

I have a function that takes a column title, and a response.body from a urllib GET (I already know the body contains text/csv), and iterates through the data to build a list of values to be returned. ...
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Review the vimrc for a Python programmer [closed]

I am primarily a Python programmer and have finally ditched the IDE in favour of vim and I will admit, I am loving it ! My vimrc file looks like this: ...
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Print sum of numbers 1 to 200 except mults of 4 or 7 in Python

I had a question about using the modulus operator in Python and whether I have used it in a understandable way. This is how I've written the script: ...
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Two FizzBuzz solutions

Below are two solutions to the FizzBuzz problem in Python. Which one of these is more "Pythonic" and why is it more "Pythonic" than the other? Solution One: ...
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Python class w/ Telnet interface to memcached

I haven't had anyone help me out with code review, etc, so I thought I'd post a Python class I put together for interfacing with Telnet to get information from a memcached server. ...
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Is there a better way than lambda to filter on attributes/methods of objects?

Is there a better (more pythonic?) way to filter a list on attributes or methods of objects than relying on lamda functions? ...
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Executing a program with a temporary directory and measuring the running time

I need a code review for best practices and code correctness of the following piece of code. run executes a program and validates in output. If the output is valid ...
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Converting an already-uploaded file and saving it to a model's FileField

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Django query_set filtering in the template

Can I make my template syntax simpler? I'm hoping to eliminate the if and maybe also the for block. This worked in the shell ...
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An idiom to use the same view function to create or edit an object?

Here is the skeleton of my (first!) Django app: ...
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Generating filesystem paths from a fixed string

It's clever, but makes me vomit a little: file = '0123456789abcdef123' path = os.sep.join([ file[ x:(x+2) ] for x in range(0,5,2) ])
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Quasi-random sequences: how to improve style and tests?

The requirements for this one were (original SO question): Generate a random-ish sequence of items. Sequence should have each item N times. Sequence shouldn't have serial runs longer than a given ...
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Randomly sampling a population and keeping means: tidy up, generalize, document?

This is part from an answer to a Stack Overflow question. The OP needed a way to perform calculations on samples from a population, but was hitting memory errors due to keeping samples in memory. ...
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Music info model

I'm learning Django as I go. I know this model is missing user authentication, registration, comments/comment threading, and voting. But this is my starting code for my model. What are some of the ...
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Function for finding longest common path and formatting it along with filenames

This is a function I wrote yesterday and have tested with lots of input. It's been committed and is in use, but no review was done, so it seems like a good candidate for Code Review: it could be more ...
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Using separate functions for Project Euler 1

I started programming with Java and C++, so I'm used to having a 'main' function that calls other functions that do the actual work. At university I was always told that doing actual computation in ...
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Project Euler problem 1 in Python - Multiples of 3 and 5

I'd like suggestions for optimizing this brute force solution to problem 1. The algorithm currently checks every integer between 3 and 1000. I'd like to cut as many unnecessary calls to ...
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