Undo a file readline() operation so file-pointer is back in original state

You have to remember the position by calling file.tell() before the readline and then calling file.seek() to rewind. Something like:

fp = open('myfile')
last_pos = fp.tell()
line = fp.readline()
while line != '':
  if line == 'SPECIAL':
  last_pos = fp.tell()
  line = fp.readline()

I can’t recall if it is safe to call file.seek() inside of a for line in file loop so I usually just write out the while loop. There is probably a much more pythonic way of doing this.

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