class astropy.io.ascii.BaseHeader[source]

Bases: object

Attributes Summary

 auto_format format string for auto-generating column names colnames Return the column names of the table comment regular expression for comment lines names list of names corresponding to each data column start_line None, int, or a function of lines that returns None or int write_comment write_spacer_lines

Methods Summary

 check_column_names(names, strict_names, guessing) Check column names. get_cols(lines) Initialize the header Column objects from the table lines. process_lines(lines) Generator to yield non-blank and non-comment lines remove_columns(names) Remove several columns from the table. rename_column(name, new_name) Rename a column. update_meta(lines, meta) Extract any table-level metadata, e.g. write(lines) write_comments(lines, meta)

Attributes Documentation

auto_format = 'col{}'

format string for auto-generating column names

colnames

Return the column names of the table

comment = None

regular expression for comment lines

names = None

list of names corresponding to each data column

start_line = None

None, int, or a function of lines that returns None or int

write_comment = False
write_spacer_lines = ['ASCII_TABLE_WRITE_SPACER_LINE']

Methods Documentation

check_column_names(names, strict_names, guessing)[source]

Check column names.

This must be done before applying the names transformation so that guessing will fail appropriately if names is supplied. For instance if the basic reader is given a table with no column header row.

Parameters
nameslist

User-supplied list of column names

strict_namesbool

Whether to impose extra requirements on names

guessingbool

True if this method is being called while guessing the table format

get_col_type(col)[source]
get_cols(lines)[source]

Initialize the header Column objects from the table lines.

Based on the previously set Header attributes find or create the column names. Sets self.cols with the list of Columns.

Parameters
lineslist

List of table lines

get_type_map_key(col)[source]
process_lines(lines)[source]

Generator to yield non-blank and non-comment lines

remove_columns(names)[source]

Remove several columns from the table.

Parameters
nameslist

A list containing the names of the columns to remove

rename_column(name, new_name)[source]

Rename a column.

Parameters
namestr

The current name of the column.

new_namestr

The new name for the column

update_meta(lines, meta)[source]

Extract any table-level metadata, e.g. keywords, comments, column metadata, from the table lines and update the OrderedDict meta in place. This base method extracts comment lines and stores them in meta for output.

write(lines)[source]
write_comments(lines, meta)[source]