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view/edit large files (was: What's your favourite *under_publicized* edi

From: Ted Zlatanov
Subject: view/edit large files (was: What's your favourite *under_publicized* editing feature of Emacs?)
Date: Thu, 17 Feb 2011 13:04:08 -0600
User-agent: Gnus/5.110011 (No Gnus v0.11) Emacs/24.0.50 (gnu/linux)

On Thu, 17 Feb 2011 15:01:54 +0100 Thien-Thi Nguyen <address@hidden> wrote: 

TN> () Perry Smith <address@hidden>
TN> () Thu, 17 Feb 2011 07:43:54 -0600

TN>    I looked at this.  The approach I was going to take was to put
TN>    into the C code an "open", "close", "read", and "lseek" concept
TN>    and that would need a new "type" for a file descriptor.  You
TN>    might as well add "write" to complete the set.  There is
TN>    nothing currently like that in the C code.

TN> Perhaps ‘insert-file-contents’ can be used to implement this
TN> feature in Lisp.

(subject adjusted to match the thread referenced below)

Please see
and vlf.el on the EmacsWiki.

I'd like to implement this for large (over int size) files and with
editing, but it's low on my TODO list.  If someone else is feeling


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