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Re: st: mac editor for big files


From   Eric Booth <ebooth@ppri.tamu.edu>
To   "<statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>" <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   Re: st: mac editor for big files
Date   Fri, 19 Aug 2011 21:34:06 +0000

<>
One more suggestion for working with large text files from Stata is to look at the user-written files -chewfile- and -chunky- (H/T to Dan Blanchette for pointing me to -chunky-) from SSC for breaking the large file up into manageable pieces.

I hadn't see the LargeFile plugin for Vim that Phil mentioned - very helpful.

- Eric
On Aug 19, 2011, at 4:23 PM, Eric Booth wrote:

> <>
> 
> I usually use TW as well for large files, but I guess I haven't opened one that is larger than 1GB since I've never had one choke.  I'd try Vim or UltraEdit --  I've read that both can handle large (>1 or 2 GB ) text files.  Also, VEDIT can handle text files up to 2 GB, but it's not free.
> 
> However, you can load large text files into Stata via commands like -insheet-, or if it's not a dataset you can import with -intext- (From SSC).  Also, you can view just a part of the file from terminal by using the 'head' or 'tail' commands to see the start or end of the large text file very quickly (e.g.,  head -n 100 myfile.txt  to see the first 100 lines).  Finally, if you need to edit or make changes to the file before importing into Stata as a dataset, consider using -filefilter- to make changes to the file.
> 
> - Eric
> 
> On Aug 19, 2011, at 4:02 PM, Richard Goldstein wrote:
> 
>> Hi,
>> 
>> I currently use Text Wrangler; however, neither it nor BBEdit will,
>> apparently, edit ascii files >1 GB in size (I have 32 GB of RAM); does
>> anyone know of an editor for the Mac that will edit files of >1 GB?
>> 
>> Rich
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