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Re: opening large files (few hundred meg)

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: opening large files (few hundred meg)
Date: Mon, 28 Jan 2008 21:31:39 +0200

> From: Sven Joachim <>
> Date: Mon, 28 Jan 2008 19:05:41 +0100
> > • How can i increase the limit?
> Use a 64-bit system.

Yes, that's the only practical way, sans splitting the file outside of

> > • is there a general solution to work with files (elisp) without
> > actually loading the whole file?
> Not really, since visiting a file reads all of it into an Emacs buffer.

The problem is not with the buffer size per se, it's with the fact
that Emacs needs to be able to address each byte of the file's text
with an Emacs integer data type, which is 29 bit wide on 32-bit

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