Large text files

Richard Gaskin ambassador at
Sun Apr 6 21:22:01 EDT 2003

Ken Norris wrote:

> I may want to copy text down from the web into searchable/line-hiliteable
> fields. I'm hoping for at least a chapter at a shot.
> Does anyone know how much a Mac can copy and paste in a single shot?

OS 9: fuggedaboutit.

OS X:  I had a customer send me a gzipped file weighing in at 65MB.  I used
my simple gZipper (available through RevNet; uses Rev's built-in gzip
support) to decompress it, and while it took a few minutes it successfully
created a 575 MB file without so much as a hiccup.

Fields are another matter:  While you can have up to 4GB of data in a field,
the practical limits are reached long before that (calculating line feeds,
buffering the display, scrolling the field), and no single line can contain
more than 64k of data.

 Richard Gaskin 
 Fourth World Media Corporation
 Developer of WebMerge 2.2: Publish any database on any site
 Ambassador at
 Tel: 323-225-3717                       AIM: FourthWorldInc

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