PyMongo -- cursor iteration


I've recently started testing MongoDB via shell and via PyMongo. I've noticed that returning a cursor and trying to iterate over it seems to bottleneck in the actual iteration. Is there a way to return more than one document during iteration?

Pseudo code:

for line in file:
    value = line[a:b]
    cursor = collection.find({"field": value})
    for entry in cursor:
        (deal with single entry each time)

What I'm hoping to do is something like this:

for line in file
    value = line[a:b]
    cursor = collection.find({"field": value})
    for all_entries in cursor:
        (deal with all entries at once rather than iterate each time)

I've tried using batch_size() as per this question and changing the value all the way up to 1000000, but it doesn't seem to have any effect (or I'm doing it wrong).

Any help is greatly appreciated. Please be easy on this Mongo newbie!

--- EDIT ---

Thank you Caleb. I think you've pointed out what I was really trying to ask, which is this: is there any way to do a sort-of collection.findAll() or maybe cursor.fetchAll() command, as there is with the cx_Oracle module? The problem isn't storing the data, but retrieving it from the Mongo DB as fast as possible.

As far as I can tell, the speed at which the data is returned to me is dictated by my network since Mongo has to single-fetch each record, correct?

5/23/2017 12:00:17 PM

Accepted Answer

Have you considered an approach like:

for line in file
  value = line[a:b]
  cursor = collection.find({"field": value})
  entries = cursor[:] # or pull them out with a loop or comprehension -- just get all the docs
  # then process entries as a list, either singly or in batch

Alternately, something like:

# same loop start
  entries[value] = cursor[:]
# after the loop, all the cursors are out of scope and closed
for value in entries:
  # process entries[value], either singly or in batch

Basically, as long as you have RAM enough to store your result sets, you should be able to pull them off the cursors and hold onto them before processing. This isn't likely to be significantly faster, but it will mitigate any slowdown specifically of the cursors, and free you to process your data in parallel if you're set up for that.

7/13/2011 3:48:04 PM

You could also try:

results = list(collection.find({'field':value}))

That should load everything right into RAM.

Or this perhaps, if your file is not too huge:

values = list()
for line in file:
results = list(collection.find({'field': {'$in': values}}))

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