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Re: Handling large files with Emacs

From: Fab
Subject: Re: Handling large files with Emacs
Date: Tue, 23 Oct 2012 22:09:40 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.2.50 (gnu/linux)

Eli Zaretskii <> writes:

>> From: Fab <>
>> Date: Tue, 23 Oct 2012 21:33:07 +0200
>> I had to work with a vast bibTeX file today and Emacs almost died and
>> got super slow, which made working with Emacs impossible.  So I switched
>> to Vim.  However, I use Emacs since some years now and the only thing
>> that really bothers me is this issue.  I do not need to work with large
>> files a lot, but when I do, Emacs is not my side kick anymore.  I tried
>> some additional packages, but none of them really satisfied me.  Why is
>> Vim still so fast and smooth when it deals with large files?  How do you
>> handle this issue with Emacs?  I would love to see Emacs get over this
>> issue some day.
> How large is "large"?  Which version of Emacs was that?  On what
> platform (CPU and OS)?
Actually "only" ~6mb with 120000 lines, Emacs version is GNU Emacs (x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu, X toolkit, Xaw scroll bars) on an
AMD64-bit quad core with Debian 6.0.4

> It's impossible to give you any meaningful answer without knowing at
> least that much.

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