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Re: view/edit large files

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: view/edit large files
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2009 10:46:39 +0200

> From: Stefan Monnier <address@hidden>
> Date: Mon, 09 Feb 2009 20:58:05 -0500
> Cc: address@hidden
> MB> Why?  Floats are certainly a bit more convenient for the user...
> > By the same logic, time storage could have been done with floats.
> Most likely time conses date back to a time were Emacs could be
> configured without floats.

Yes, probably.

> > The reason why it bothers me a bit is that it would be inconsistent
> > with time storage--now there's two ways of storing large integers.
> There are already many inconsistencies in this regard.  FWIW, I believe
> that file-attributes can return floats for things like file-size.

Yes, we do return a float for size.  But for some attributes, like
inode, floats are not a good idea, because inodes are habitually
compared for exact equality.  I'm not sure time values need that
measure of accuracy, though.

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