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Text Editor for very big file - Windows

I have a huge text file. Text editors refuse to open it due to it's size.
How do I view it, without using a text editor?

Solutions I can think of:

  • Something like Linux's more command - do you know of such?
  • Splitting it up to parts - how? (consider I have less available space than the size of the file)
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hasn't this been asked a lot? superuser.com/questions/34749/… –  James T Jul 28 '11 at 10:09
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It's not a duplicate! The other question asks for a text editor solution whereas here I'm asking for ALL OTHER SOLUTIONS EXCEPT FOR TEXT EDITOR !!! –  Jonathan Jul 28 '11 at 11:13
    
Your question did not specify how big the file is and your question did not specify that you did not want to use a text editor (for what reason I cannot imagine). The link that I posted as duplicate lists many text editors that may be able to open your file like "Large Text File Viewer" and gVim. It also has a solution using the command line in cygwin. This question has been thoroughly explored. Try all the recommendations in the top three answers listed in the link and re-post your question with what you have tried. Perhaps also explain why you dont want to use a text editor. –  James T Jul 28 '11 at 20:42
    
I wrote "Text editors refuse to open it" - I took the time and tried an assortment of text editors before writing it, not all I'm sure. –  Jonathan Jul 28 '11 at 21:43
    
Also, the reason I didn't mention the size is exactly to avoid answers such as "TextPad can handle 2GB". It doesn't matter the size, be it 2GB or 8TB. –  Jonathan Jul 28 '11 at 21:43
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You should be able to open a Command Prompt and execute the more command.

If you're looking for a text editor, refer to this question:

Is there a text editor for very big files?

I have a very big text file (10 GB). Both Notepad and Notepad++ tell me that the file is too big for them to open. What editor can handle such a large file? It's a log file.

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+1 for Notepad++, this editor can open extremely large files (I've opened 300+ MB files with no problems with NPP before). –  Mike Insch Jul 28 '11 at 10:16
    
I have tried Notepad++ and it failed for a 6GB file. However I didn't know DOS supports more - thanks! –  Jonathan Jul 28 '11 at 11:11
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PSPad is a freeware tool that can also handle large files where other editors fail.

However, for really huge files (15 GB MySQL dumbs) I use UltraEdit and have set some of the options described here. Works without problems.

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