Sometimes its convenient to use the DATA directory, which will be
packaged with the worksheet if you save it (as a .sws file). So for
example you could copy the file to the DATA directory doing something
os.system('cp /full/path/to/list2.txt ' + DATA + 'list2.txt')
f = open(DATA + 'list2.txt')
should work, and would still work if you saved a worksheet copy and
moved it to another computer.
I am tempted to open a ticket in trac for some sort of read_csv
command, which might behave like the following (NOTE: this is just
wishful thinking at this point):
data_list = read_csv('my_file.csv') # data_list would be a list of
lists of row data, converted to numerical types if possible
data_list = read_csv('my_file.csv', seperator = '\t') #split lines by
a tab character instead
data_list = read_csv('my_file.csv', fields = [int,int,string])
#perhaps useful to have more explicit field conversions
Does something like that already exist? Seems very common as a task.
Of course its not that hard to do ad-hoc, but it would make things
more user-friendly for lots of people I think.