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How to create onedimensional array with length more than 0x7fffffff?
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by:Igor Bazarny
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Hi,

Are you sure you need such a big array. As far as I understand, such array won't fit in 32-bit address space in most cases. Why do you think you need such a huge size?

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Imagine it was an array of bytes. It would consume 2GB of memory! Your problem might not even be a java problem but a problem of the underlying Operating System.
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Don't think it's possible.
Not sure what your requirments are but maybe have a look for a good Sparse Array implementation. May suit, may not :)

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Short answer: you don't.

Long answer: 0x7ffffff is the largest positive value that will fit into a Java int (32 bits).  32 bits is alse the most memory space your program could possibly have on most current platforms.  So even if your array were allocated, you would have no room for your program.

As suggested above, when you start talking about data storage or access of this size, you *don't* want to use an array.  There are other alternatives that are better-suited to large datasets (databases) or sparse data sets (hash tables).

Look up the Java API for HashTable (and various other Sets and Collections) and see if one of those might be more suitable to your purposes.
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