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Adding Virtual Memory To Multiline Listbox or RichEdit

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amartin030297 earned 300 total points
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The best approach to resolve your problem is to use memory-mapped files.
The Win32 API functions you'll need to research are:
  CreateFile
  MapViewOfFile
  CloseHandle

Also, "Advanced Windows" by Jeffery Richter will help you if you need further research.

Here's the idea of how it works:
 you "CreateFile" (which doesn't create a new file, but creates a file handle which represents a file). This handle returned to you is VERY fast (sub millisecond).  You can open an existing file (which is probably what you are doing..
  You can then later pass the HANDLE returned by CreateFile to MappedViewOfFile.  Returned from this function is a POINTER which represents the file as IF it were in memory.  This is also a VERY fast call.  ** Note:  Nothing is actually in memory at this point, but you do have a linear pointer to memory for the size you told mappedviewoffile to use.

You can then use that pointer as if you had the whole file in memory.. (functions like strrev for instance) ANY function which uses a pointer can use that pointer... The VMM system will automagically map in your file in 4k pages behind the scene..and map-out unused onces... Thus you can page though a file easily, from any point.

You can also obtain more info at:
   http://lonestar.texas.net/~amartin/free.html
file: RADFILE.ZIP, password:  BETARADFILE4  (or BETARADFILE2)

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