def set_constant(file, constant, value, comment = ''):
Search through file for the constant and either adds it to the end or
updates the existing value. Comment is optionally passed and is placed on
the same line as the constant along with the modification date/time.
Comment is only updated if the value is updated.
It's recommended that the file for local_constants.py be different than the
file checked into your repo as it's locally maintained.
Example: set_constant('a.txt', 'TYPE', 1, 'This is optional')
Author: Ed Menendez (firstname.lastname@example.org)
write_file = found_constant = False
comment += ' '
line_to_write = '%s = %s # %sLast modified %s\n' % \
(constant, value.__repr__(), comment, datetime.datetime.now())
# The file to be written is stored here.
new_file = ''
f = open(file, 'r+')
# Nothing to search through here. Move along.
f = None
# Loop through the file and look for the string
for line in f.readlines():
if line.find(constant) > -1:
line_splits = line.split('=')
if len(line_splits) == 2:
# Yes, it's an assignment line.
old_constant, old_value = line_splits
old_constant = old_constant.strip()
if old_constant == constant:
# We've found the contant!
found_constant = True
old_value_splits = old_value.split('#')
if len(old_value_splits) == 2:
old_value, trash = old_value_splits
old_value = old_value_splits
old_value = old_value.strip()
if old_value != value.__repr__():
# It's changed!
write_file = True
line = line_to_write
new_file += line
# If nothing found, then add it to the end
if not found_constant:
write_file = True
# New line needs to be added in case the file doesn't end with a new
# line. Could be made smarter and check for the newline. This will make
# for a prettier local_constants.py
new_file += '\n' + line_to_write
# Write out the new file
f = open(file, 'w+')