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RE: RE: Return the contents of a file

by Chris (Novice)
on Apr 12, 2000 at 05:50 UTC ( #7358=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to RE: Return the contents of a file
in thread Return the contents of a file

I REALLY do like this one. I've found that it works great for small files. Has anyone had any experiences using this technique w/ something large like a *.cvs file from a database dump? Are there any memory issues to handling a variable that large. -- I shouldn't thinks so. Hmmm...

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RE: RE: RE: Return the contents of a file
by btrott (Parson) on Apr 12, 2000 at 07:18 UTC
    There *are* memory issues in having very large variables, just as there would be, presumably, in any language. Perl variables take up a lot of space. From perlfaq3:
    When it comes to time-space tradeoffs, Perl nearly always prefers to throw memory at a problem. Scalars in Perl use more memory than strings in C, arrays take more that, and hashes use even more.
    I mean, if you *can* process a file line by line, it's best to do so.

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