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 long line length causes grep crash
In a kshell script I execute a grep command on a file which lines can be
greater than 2048 characters.
The following error : "grep : maximum line length of  2048 exceeded"
Is there a simple way to increase this maximum line length?
Thank you for your answers.

 Sun, 16 Jan 2005 01:29:23 GMT   
 long line length causes grep crash
On Tue, 30 Jul 2002 19:29:23 +0200,
 Eric Petitpierre <> wrote:
Install GNU grep, part of the GNU textutils package, or maybe you can use

 Sun, 16 Jan 2005 01:52:27 GMT   
 long line length causes grep crash
Thank you for this answer. However is there no way to resolve this problem
by changing the value of this maximum line length? Or is it hard-coded in

"Bill Marcum" <> a crit dans le message news:

 Sun, 16 Jan 2005 01:54:25 GMT   
 long line length causes grep crash
Eric Petitpierre said:

i'm not sure if i can repeat your problem, for me everything works fine:

+- perl -e 'print "A" x33554432' |grep aa

...until the input line is not longer than 33554432 chars:

+- perl -e 'print "A" x33554433' |grep aa
grep: memory exhausted

+- grep -V
grep (GNU grep) 2.4.2

in grep sources it looks like the most important variable is
MAX_BUF_SIZE defined in file $grep_src/lib/regex.c

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 Sun, 16 Jan 2005 02:08:25 GMT   
 long line length causes grep crash
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 Sun, 16 Jan 2005 02:07:09 GMT   
 long line length causes grep crash

You can't "fix" the standard Unix command.  The best you can do is
to filter the file through fold(1) first:

fold -w<number of columns> file | grep pattern

Of course, then the long lines are broken up into two or more
individual lines.

 Sun, 16 Jan 2005 02:19:40 GMT   
 long line length causes grep crash
I have this same problem at work on an AIX box. I solved it by using awk,
which doesn't seem to be affected by this implemenation.

awk '/^.{95}ISA/' somefile.dat

For instance, the above command would match the text string 'ISA' in column
96 and only return records that matched the regex. Of course I'd probably
pipe this output into a file, another command or maybe a shell variable for
further introspection and handling ...


 Sun, 16 Jan 2005 16:19:51 GMT   
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