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Re: "maximum buffer size exceeded" in 64-bit emacs 22.1.1 (64G RAM)

From: Xah Lee
Subject: Re: "maximum buffer size exceeded" in 64-bit emacs 22.1.1 (64G RAM)
Date: Wed, 25 Mar 2009 18:03:30 -0700 (PDT)
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On Mar 25, 4:37 pm, Evans Winner <address@hidden> wrote:
> Mike <address@hidden> writes:
>     I recently tried opening a 5GB file
> ...
> [1]

yeah, this is a frequently asked problem. It was discussed by emacs
developers here now and there, but as far as i know it's not something
active for fix.

i think it might be intuitive to look at what's the max file size
other editor supports, so we can get a sense how emacs does in

i don't have much data on this... but from experience in 2000, i think
i was able to open large files in vi, but not in emacs. (the file size
was prob a hundred megabyte or more) From my experience of using
BBEdit/TextWrangler, i doubt it can do better than emacs, and same for
MicrosoftWord. It is also my guess that Eclipse, JEdit, Xcode, are
probably all worse than emacs in this regard...


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