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Elisp: Search a File Without Visiting?

From: taashlo
Subject: Elisp: Search a File Without Visiting?
Date: 16 Jun 2003 12:33:28 -0600
User-agent: Gnus/5.09 (Gnus v5.9.0) Emacs/21.3

I've looked throught the elisp manual without finding the answer to
my question.  I've written some elisp so that when I hit a key
sequence (C-ct) a thesaurus lookup of the word at point (or the
phrase with the mark) is performed with the results of the search
displayed in a separate window (for further searching or dictionary

This currently works, but it relies on loading the entire thesaurus
file into a buffer to search for the word.  The problem is that the
thesaurus file (mthesaur.txt[1]) is about 24MiB.

My question: is it possible (using elisp) to search the contents of
the thesaurus file *without* loading it into a buffer?



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