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When i open a 2 gigabyte wordlist text file and forgot that my defaults​ text editor is GUI based.

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  • 3
    It happens every time I accidentally opens a .min file
  • 5
    It's not about the GUI part.
  • 12
    You should try Sublime Text. It handles millions of log lines like a charm.
  • 0
    @Frederikam I will have to give it a try.
  • 2
    @norman70688 the editor should not care about the size of the file. It only shows a tiny fraction of it. What matter are the operations performed on the file, and these should be local or run in the background if requested.
  • 3
    Sublime Text is bad with large files since it loads all of that file into memory, and that makes you wait when you just want to perform a single operation. Better solution would be if they implemented Large File Support to only load part of the file as user scrolls to it. Only drawback to that is that scrolling and search would be little bit slower, but at least you wont have to wait 5 minutes to open 2-3 GB file.
  • 3
    Notepad++ is good with large files in my experience though I've never had to open a 2gb one.
  • 6
    For large files you should use sublime text or vim, they are both very good with those files.
  • 2
    Try Sublime, Notepad++ or UltraEdit. All should be able to handle large gigabyte text files.
  • 5
    What's this, people talking about sublime and nobody's in here preaching the ultimate evil of proprietary software?!
  • 0
    sudo kill -9 | pidof [insert text editor name here]
  • 0
    @arekxv scrolling need not be any slower, since you can load just enough to make it quick at any time. Searching a huge file is slower, but this is inherent in a search operation over raw data, which must be processed at least once.
  • 2
    Agree with @arcadesdude UltraEdit works nicely with huge files, especially when you disable some basics like temp files and line numbers before opening (as example of 2 out of the 8 suggested tips)
  • 0
    Colleague got stumped by >5gig log files then found JOE, but replaced that with something more user friendly I forget the name
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