This is techie rant.
We unix/linux/open source guys like to pretend that we use the highest quality software that exists. I believe in most cases this is true. I still get pissed off, though, every time I try to edit a large file with vim. Face it, folks, sometimes you need to edit large files. It shouldn’t be that damn hard. I am editing a 760k file. Mind you, it is a mysql dump and has very few very long lines. It is still a trivial amount of bytes in this day and age and yet I am sitting here watching it faithfully doing nothing for minute after minute.
Here is my vim process:
PID USER PR NI VIRT RES SHR S %CPU %MEM TIME+ COMMAND
31730 lolife 25 0 7552 4976 1576 R 99.9 0.5 6:45.26 vim
…using 99.9% of a nice fast dual-CPU box to edit a freaking 760k file!
Can some genius set me straight on this?
One thought on “vim sucks at editing large files”
As usual, once you appeal to a higher authority you generally figure it out.
The problem was the syntax highlighting. Once I shut that off it worked instantaneously.