vi "W10: Warning: Changing a readonly file" on large read-write file

Corinna Vinschen
Mon Jan 3 10:02:00 GMT 2005

On Jan  1 04:52, Michael Bax wrote:
> When attempting to edit a *writeable* file of "zero" lines but 53 MB in size
> (no newlines), vi appears to hang.

But it doesn't.  It just needs a lot of time to process the file.
After all vim is an editor.  It searches the whole file for line-endings
etc.  Try the same on another OS and you'll see the same effect.  On my
Linux box vi needs three or four minutes to scan such a file and to
become responsive again.  It eats up all CPU time while doing that.
Actually vim is not my preferred editor to edit binary files.


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