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Re: "Out of memory" problem

by mbethke (Hermit)
on Nov 30, 2012 at 21:49 UTC ( #1006523=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to "Out of memory" problem

I would try and use the system's sort(1) first as it's already optimized for this kind of stuff. 500M 32-bit integers would barely fit your memory if you put them in a straight C-style array with none of Perl's overhead, so it's probably a good idea to do a disk-based mergesort. Split the file into half a dozen or so parts, run sort on them individually and then use sort once more with -m to merge the results.

If you really need to do it in Perl, you could have a look at File::Sort but I have no idea whether it works well.

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