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Re: Problem with sort ... textutils-2.0.21 on TRU64 v5.1a

From: Bob Proulx
Subject: Re: Problem with sort ... textutils-2.0.21 on TRU64 v5.1a
Date: Sat Sep 14 14:00:03 2002
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>From:  address@hidden [mailto:address@hidden
>  sort --buffer-size=1G bigfile > bigsortedfile
>> Which should certainly be enough to sort an 800 MB file in

Parkin Frank - fparki <address@hidden> [2002-09-13 08:46:38 +0100]:
> I tried this parameter shortly after our last conversation. Unfortunately,
> the only difference it made was that the process fell-over after 5 minutes
> rather than 30 seconds. Temporary files were still being created. 

That is really strange.  Because if sort uses a 1 GB buffer it
would not need to create those temorary files for an 800 MB file.

> Would it be possible for you to debug what lib/physmem.c is returning for
> memory on your system for the two library routines physmem_total() and
> physmem_available()?
> Sorry, I would not know how ... I am a lowly system admin and part-time Perl
> hacker. 

Okay.  Unfortunately there are not many True64 systems with people
actively supporting them.  This has been a topic on other lists, such
as the ssh list, which has also had trouble there.  I personally do
not have any access to them.  (Although that might change here soon.
In which case I might be able to debug the problem.)  But perhaps you
can poke at a friend who is a true64 programmer type?  Worth a shot.


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