memory error with zipfile module

Sion Arrowsmith siona at
Fri May 19 17:11:22 CEST 2006

bruno at modulix  <onurb at xiludom.gro> wrote:
>MemoryError is raised by Python when an underlying (OS-level) allocation
>Normally this would mean that you were out of even virtual memory
>(swap), but it could also be a symptom of a libc bug, a bad RAM chip, etc.

There's another possibility, which I ran into recently. Which is a
problem with physical+virtual memory exceding the space addressable by
a process. So I've got 2G physical + 4G swap and I'm getting just such
a memory error -- I'm sure the compressed + uncompressed data isn't
going to eat all of that. But on a 32bit OS, it doesn't need to of
course. 2G is quite enough to cause problems....

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