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pickle.dump never works

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I have a method that opens a file, lock it, pickle.load the file into a dictionary.I then modify the status of a record, then pickle.dump the dictionary back to the file.
The problem is that the pickle.dump never works. The file never gets updated.

def updateStatus(self, fp, stn, status):          
          f = open(fp, rw+)           
          fcntl.flock(f.fileno(),fcntl.LOCK_EX | fcntl.LOCK_NB)
          tb = pickle.load(f)
          self.modifyDict(tb, stn, status)
          pickle.dump(tb, f) 
          fcntl.flock(f.fileno(),fcntl.LOCK_UN)          f.close()

What could be the problem here?What mode should I use to open the file to allow both pickle.load and pickle.dump?

posted Jun 25, 2013 by anonymous

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-- self.modifyDict(tb, stn, status)

-- What could be the problem here?

pickle.load() moves the file position to the end of the (first) pickle. pickle.dump() writes the modified dict starting at the current position. You end up with two versions of the dict, but you'll only ever read the first.

The fix is to go back to the start of the file with

-- What mode should I use to open the file to allow both pickle.load and pickle.dump?

Assuming that the file already exists when updateStatus() is invoked for the first time: "r+b".
I usually open the file twice, once for reading and then for writing, but I guess that would interfere with locking.

answer Jun 25, 2013 by anonymous  really does the trick.
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