File size limitations

gmc333 at my-deja.com gmc333 at my-deja.com
Thu Feb 3 22:06:46 CET 2000


I'd like to use Python for some large-scale file processing on Windows
NT. There is a possibility that the size of the files I'll be working
with will exceed 2^32 bytes.

Can Python handle files that large? Random I/O is a specific concern,
since an implementation based on fseek/lseek system calls will fail
(these calls use 32-bit math, and bad things can happen with seeks that
go too far).

Thanks!

Greg



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