[darcs-users] Large binary files - "darcs: out of memory"

Eric Kow kowey at darcs.net
Thu Jun 10 10:57:00 UTC 2010

Sorry Andreas,

On Wed, Jun 09, 2010 at 21:26:11 -0400, Andreas Voellmy wrote:
> I'm having trouble using darcs with large binary files; I've tried
> with darcs versions 2.3.0 (release) on Mac OS X, and 2.4 (release) on
> Ubuntu. I started a new repository with "darcs init", and added a 5GB
> binary file with "darcs add". I then ran "darcs w" and got the
> message: "darcs: out of memory (requested 10738466816 bytes)". Is
> there something I can do about this?

I'm afraid you're out of luck on this one.

We don't currently recommend storing large binary files in Darcs)

For a list of known performance bugs, see

It may be a good idea to add to this collection if you think you have a
new case for us to watch out for.

Perhaps one of the other DVCSes will suit your needs better?


Eric Kow <http://www.nltg.brighton.ac.uk/home/Eric.Kow>
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