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Is there a text editor for very big files?

I've a 3 gigabytes big log file and I have to edit just a few rows.

With Notepad++, I can't edit the file at all. Does someone have an idea how I can edit the file?

Is there an Editor, with which I can select a range of rows i want to display?

Thank you

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marked as duplicate by Nifle, Journeyman Geek, Mokubai, Tom Wijsman, BloodPhilia Aug 29 '11 at 17:05

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So you want to alter a log file? I don't understand the purpose of altering what it would seem is probably an automatically generated log file. Doesn't that kind of defeat the purpose of having a generated log? –  EBGreen Aug 29 '11 at 14:47
    
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Give GVIM a go. I have edited 500MB+ sized files without any issue.

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If you are on a unix machine, bet bet is using the built in commands like Stream Edit (SED) or Vim. Any Gui Editor will

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if they are straight forward changes, you could use sed to edit the file from the command-line. You can search for particular patters or move to a particular line and make the changes.

http://www.gnu.org/software/sed/manual/sed.html

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