Date: Fri, 6 Feb 2009 09:47:00 -0500
Reply-To: Lou <lpogoda@HOTMAIL.COM>
Sender: "SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From: Lou <lpogoda@HOTMAIL.COM>
Organization: A noiseless patient Spider
Subject: Re: Maximum width of a text file in terms of characters
"chumba" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> I was wondering if anyone knew how many characters are there in a
> sindle line of a text file?
> Any light will be most appreciated.
On a platform like Windows using FAT32, the file size limit is 1 byte less
than a full 4 gigabytes, or (2**32) - 1 bytes, according to articles on the
Microsoft web site. A "text" file line on that file system can therefore be
within a gnat's whisker of 4GB long. Most files have considerably shorter
lines, but how long a given line is depends on who/what created the file.