Get a Certain Line From a File

Created by CecilWesterhof.

I often need a certain line from a file. (Mostly the first.) Because of that I wrote the following two proc's:

proc getLine {fileName {no 1}} {
    if {$no < 1} {
        error "The linenumber cannot be lower as 1"
    set linesToGo $no
    set fd   [open $fileName RDONLY]
    while {$linesToGo} {
        if {-1 == [gets $fd line]} {
            error "Line $no does not exist for $fileName"
        incr linesToGo -1
    close $fd
    return $line

proc getLineAsList {fileName {no 1}} {
    regexp -inline -all {\S+} [getLine $fileName $no]

The first just gets the line and returns it as a string.

Sometimes you need it as a list. For this I wrote the second one that uses the first.

As always: comments, tips and questions are appreciated.

KPV if the file is small, you can just do:

proc GetLineAt {fname lineno} {
    set fin [open $fname r]
    set lines [split [read $fin] \n]
    close $fin

    return [lindex $lines $lineno-1]

CecilWesterhof I want it to be as generic as possible and in most cases I need the first line. But thanks for the tip.