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Re: opening large files (few hundred meg)

From: Jason Rumney
Subject: Re: opening large files (few hundred meg)
Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2008 14:10:12 -0800 (PST)
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On 29 Jan, 16:34, Xah Lee <> wrote:

>   The reason i want to
> open it in emacs and process it using elisp is more just a
> exploration, not really a practical need)

And this summarizes why such a feature does not yet exist in Emacs
nicely. While many have hit the limit and been shocked at finding an
imperfection in Emacs, they then are directed to tools like grep, sed,
perl, head and tail, and realise that for huge files a full screen
editor that works on buffers is an inferior solution to command line
tools that work on streams, and their motivation for somehow
shoehorning this different way of working into Emacs disappears as
there is no practical need.

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