Date: Feb 14, 2013 2:08 AM
Author: Virgil Stokes
Subject: Reading a file in reverse order --- How?


Here is a very simple example of saving lists (writing to a file) and then
reading the lists back in the same order as they were written. The problem that
I would like to get a solution to is how can the lists be *read in reverse
order?* Thus, the first list saved would be the last list to be inputted.

Note, in general, the length of each list is the same and rather small; but, the
number of lists written to the file can be rather large (n > 10,000), at least
too large to keep all of them in memory.

fname = "testfile";

strm = OpenWrite[fname];
n = 3; (* In general, n could be very large *)
For[k = 1, k <= n, k++,
(* Create list on each pass through this loop ... *)

POt = {{k, k + 1}, {k + 2, k + 3}};
(* Print[POt]; *)
(* Save list to a file *)
Write[strm, POt];
];
Close[strm];

(* Other processing performed... *)

(* Open file with lists *)
strm = OpenRead[fname];
(* Process, sequentially, each list that was saved *)
For[i = 1, i <= n, i++,
PIn = Read[strm];
(* Print[PIn]; *)

(* Process PIn ... *)

];
Close[strm];