ptkwt / shell1.aracnet.com (Phil Tomson) writes:

> In article <CEENJIKJHPPGICBNAFMICEJKDEAA.mchahn / facelink.com>,
> Mark Hahn <mchahn / facelink.com> wrote:
>>
>>> you should consider using a database
>>
>>Doing 200 million lookups in a db would take way too long for my
>>script.  If there is no other work-around than using a DB, then I'll
>>have to go back to Java, which can handle this kind of memory usage.
>>I'm dissapointed that in one of the first quick scripts I went to
>>Ruby for, Ruby couldn't do the job.
>
> How does java acheive this feat?
> (or how do you do it in java?)

4 million 16 character strings is only 64 megs.  Even if the overhead
of a String object itself and the entry in the hash table is 4 times
that, you're still only at about 300 megs.  On a machine with 4 gigs
of RAM, that should be possible.


-- 
matt