Total maximal size of data

AlexM anm12345 at
Mon Jan 25 21:21:48 CET 2010

On Jan 25, 2:07 pm, Terry Reedy <tjre... at> wrote:
> On 1/25/2010 2:05 PM, Alexander Moibenko wrote:
> > I have a simple question to which I could not find an answer.
> Because it has no finite answer
> > What is the total maximal size of list including size of its elements?
> In theory, unbounded. In practice, limited by the memory of the interpreter.
> The maximum # of elements depends on the interpreter. Each element can
> be a list whose maximum # of elements ..... and recursively so on...
> Terry Jan Reedy

I am not asking about maximum numbers of elements I am asking about
total maximal size of list including size of its elements. In other
if size of each list element is ELEMENT_SIZE and all elements have the
same size what would be the maximal number of these elements in 32 -
bit architecture?
I see 3 GB, and wonder why? Why not 2 GB or not 4 GB?

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