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Re: accessing data in a large file

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  • Subject: [mg95846] Re: accessing data in a large file
  • From: dh <dh at>
  • Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2009 06:34:17 -0500 (EST)
  • References: <glmst9$mlp$>


I have not tried it out, but according to the manual:

"BinaryReadList[stream] reads from an open input stream, as returned by 

OpenRead with BinaryFormat->True. "

Therfore, ReadList should be able to continue reading where the former 

ReadList left off.:

  inFile = OpenRead["DR.wav", BinaryFormat -> True];

  y1 = BinaryReadList[inFile, "Integer16", n];

  y2 = BinaryReadList[inFile, "Integer16", n];


hoper this helps, Daniel

wb at wrote:

> I'm trying to get data from a 450MB file. I can get the first 300MB (or 150 000 000 Integer16) with the code below but any more than that causes Mathematica 7 to shut down with out of memory error (WinXP, SP3, 2GB RAM).


> n = 150000000; 

> inFile = OpenRead["DR.wav", BinaryFormat -> True];

> y = BinaryReadList[inFile, "Integer16", n];

> Close[inFile];


> My reading of the documentation indicates that the only option I have with BinaryReadList is to read from the start of the file to depth n (negative values of n it won't accept). If I could start reading from some point into the file, I could split the file up into pieces by exporting segments to other files. Also, I've found nothing in the documentation that tells me how Mathematica 7 might use the HD to store some of this data as I read it in.  Can anyone suggest a method (however slow) that would allow me access to all the data in this file?  Thanks.


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