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Emacs 21.4 maximum buffer size limit

From: void
Subject: Emacs 21.4 maximum buffer size limit
Date: Fri, 12 May 2006 22:09:45 -0400


This message concerns a "bug" in the latest version of Emacs (as well as all previous ones). I find myself restricted with the current maximum-buffer limit of GNU Emacs. Trying to edit a 264MB text file (data from a geophysics simulation) is impossible without first splitting same file into multiple pieces and later rejoining them. I'm aware that this limitation stems from an inherent restriction of elisp, but I kindly request an ugly (or elegant, if possible) hack for future versions of Emacs. Both vim and nano don't seem to have such a low file-size restriction, and I've heard XEmacs can handle text files up to 1GB in size. As much as I love working with GNU Emacs, I really don't want to have to learn the arcane commands of vim to work with files of such magnitude.

Thank you GNU.

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