[Matrix-SIG] Limited size arrays with cPickle

David Ascher da@ski.org
Sat, 1 Jan 2000 19:46:19 -0800

Did you make sure to use "binary" pickle to a file opened in 'wb' mode?


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From: Herbert L. Roitblat <roitblat@hawaii.edu>
To: <matrix-SIG@python.org>
Sent: Saturday, January 01, 2000 4:41 PM
Subject: [Matrix-SIG] Limited size arrays with cPickle

> Help Please:
> I have run into this problem before and I have a workaround for it now,
> it seems like something that would be good to fix.
> I have a very large array (19741 x 53566) stored as 8-bit unsigned.  I
> to cPickle it into a file and then cPickle it back when I want to use it.
> have a 2 GB machine, so memory is not immediately the problem, rather it
> seems to be the routine that translates the array into a string for
> It reports a memory error.  I suppose that it could take up that much more
> memory to translate this array into a string, but it seems that there
> to be a more efficient way to store arrays that would not take any more
> memory than the amount taken by the array.  The actual routine that does
> translation is in multiarray.pyd, so I cannot get to it with my limited
> skills.
> I'm running NT on a Pentium II 450MHz machine.  My Numeric is dated July
> 1999, but I think that this is the date I downloaded it.  I believe that
> is the latest release of Numeric.  The pdf manual is copyright 1999.
> Thank you.
> Herbert L. Roitblat, Ph.D.
> Department of Psychology
> University of Hawaii
> 2430 Campus Road
> Honolulu, HI 96822
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