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    Faster file read and scalability

    Hi All,

    Let me preface that I searched the forums but didn't find exactly what I was looking for. If this has been answered already, sorry to bring it up again (I am sure my search skills are lacking).

    I need to read in a tsv file and I am using 5.3. I know about str_getcsv for each individual line.

    I am curious as to the method that would be fastest and would also allow for the file to grow in size while maintaining speed.

    I am sure there are other ways but the two I am learning towards:

    1. fopen with !feof, reading each line and processing via str_getcsv from there
    2. file reading everything into an array, looping through the array, then using str_getcsv on each loop

    Once again, neither of these might be the best method, please let me know. I think the arrays (number 2) could potentially get large, slowing the process down. I just don't know how fast the two versions are compared to each other.

    Thank you for your time and consideration,
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  3. Sarcky
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    #1 is best since it doesn't load the entire file into memory. If this file is arbitrarily large, that's the way to do it.

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    • cranium agrees : Thanks. That's the route I was leaning towards.
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    Originally Posted by cranium
    1. fopen with !feof, reading each line and processing via str_getcsv from there
    You can just use fgetcsv to handle the reading and parsing in one step rather than separate them out.
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