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This will create output files split1 through split4. They will vary slightly in size in order that each file contains complete lines. The memory usage is minimal:

#! perl -sw use strict; open I, '<', $ARGV[0] or die $!; seek I, 0, 2; my $n = int( tell( I ) / 4 ); seek I, 0, 0; my $s = $n; for my $i ( 1 .. 4 ) { open O, '>', "split$i" or die $!; while( tell( I ) < $s ) { print O scalar <I>; } $s += $n; close O; } __END__ C:\test>dir words.txt 17/07/2011 15:52 1,941,858 words.txt C:\test>split4 words.txt C:\test>dir split* 08/02/2013 00:41 485,470 split1 08/02/2013 00:41 485,458 split2 08/02/2013 00:41 485,468 split3 08/02/2013 00:41 485,462 split4 08/02/2013 00:38 298 split4.pl

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In reply to Re: Split file into 4 smaller ones by BrowserUk
in thread Split file into 4 smaller ones by Anonymous Monk

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