I run Windows XP and gvim7.2. I want to inspect a large (130 MB) XML file with VIM. Is it possible to simply open the first 1000 lines of the file?


the main problem of vim is not the file size, but the syntax highlighting of the file. i use the 'large file' script to disable such timeconsuming things when working on large files.


Also you can just:

head -1000 large_file.xml | vim -

You may use head or tail to cut specific parts of the file and then open them in vim. In your specific example, you could do:

head -1000 large_file.xml > small_file.xml

Then you would be able to open small_file.xml in gvim.

This, of course, you have the head and tail utilities installed.

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