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From "Michael McCallum" <mich...@spinsoftware.com>
Subject Re: StackOverflow Error
Date Wed, 11 Apr 2001 21:18:25 GMT
On 11 Apr 2001, at 13:37, Ian Swett wrote:

> Is there anyway to prevent StackOverflow Errors with large files?
> Particularly, I have problems with the following:
> matching "start (.|\E)*" against any file with "start" towards the
> beginning, and the StackOverflow Error occurs if the file is long enough.
> Is there an easier/more efficient way to get everything in the file, or
> everthing until an ending phrase "end"?  Or is this a fundamental flaw
> with the recursive nature of the code?
> Sorry if this is somewhat of a usage question, but I'm concerned it may be
> a problem with the code itself.
> BTW, I did start working on the ability to collect the locations of
> multiple matches for a * operator, and it works in most cases, but has
> some bugs.  If anyone else really needs this, I'd be happy to hurry up and
> finish.  Otherwise, it'll wait until I really need it.
> Ian
The problem is that the whole file is being examined.
You could always set -Xms=BIGVALUE

I have a few ideas on how to work around that though.

Submit patches for what you are doing then you can have input from other people. :)


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