python crash on windows but not on linux

hjebbers hjebbers at
Mon Feb 15 12:39:57 CET 2010

On 13 feb, 13:48, Dave Angel <da... at> wrote:
> hjebbers wrote:
> > On Feb 13, 10:25 am, Dennis Lee Bieber <wlfr... at> wrote:
> >> On Fri, 12 Feb 2010 09:21:07 -0800 (PST), hjebbers <hjebb... at>
> >> declaimed the following in gmane.comp.python.general:
> >>> What strikes me is:
> >>> 1. the crash on windows, but linux works OK (same test sets)
> >>> 2. the linux box has 750Mb RAM, the windows box has 1.5Gb (twice as
> >>> much).
> >>         Which on its own does not mean much.
> >>         Windows in a normal installation only grants 2GB address space to
> >> user code, reserving the other 2GB space for the OS shared libraries. If
> >> your program attempts to allocate over that, it will fail. That the
> >> Windows box has twice the physical memory only means it doesn't resort
> >> to page swapping as soon.
> >>         There is a boot parameter switch that toggles Windows into a 3GB
> >> user/1GB OS mode --
> > hey, that would be great!! on my 1,5G mahcine ;-)
> >> it is mainly meant for server machines where there
> >> won't be many disjoint OS libraries loaded, but the server applications
> >> need lots of data space.
> >>         What split does the Linux OS use? If it give 3GB to user space,
> >> while you'd start to page swap much soon, you'd also have 50% more
> >> virtual memory that can be allocated than under Windows.
> >> --
> >>         Wulfraed         Dennis Lee Bieber               KD6MOG
> >>         wlfr... at     HTTP://
> > I will check this.....any advice on how to check this?
> > henk-jan
> As I posted in recent thread on Tutor,
> But the one you might want is a boot.ini option that tells the OS to
> only reserve 1gb for itself, and leave 3gb for user space.  But there
> are tradeoffs, including the need to modify an application's executable
> to take advantage of it.  And the whole system may run substantially
> slower, even when your're extended app isn't running.  See links:
> DaveA

Yes, you are right, i also would need to modify the executable.

the reason why I posted on this list was the hard crash of python -
which python really should not do I think. AFAICS there is no 'bug' in
my edi translator (runs OK on linux) - but it uses far to much
For me, I am going to bring back the memory footprint of my edi
translator. Which should be fairly easy to do.

kind regards,

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