w flag means “open for writing and truncate the file”; you’d probably want to open the file with the
a flag which means “open the file for appending”.
Also, it seems that you’re using Python 2. You shouldn’t be using the
b flag, except in case when you’re writing binary as opposed to plain text content. In Python 3 your code would produce an error.
with open('somefile.txt', 'a') as the_file: the_file.write("durin's day\n") with open('somefile.txt', 'a') as the_file: the_file.write("legolas\n")
As for the input not showing in the file using the
filehandle = open('file', 'w'), it is because the file output is buffered – only a bigger chunk is written at a time. To ensure that the file is flushed at the end of a cell, you can use
filehandle.flush() as the last statement.