Binary package hint: gedit
Opening big text files (400 MB, 750 MB) in gedit is bad
- from a usability standpoint
-> There's no progress bar or cancel button for the action, and the load takes a long time.
- from a system standpoint:
-> In earlier versions, gedit would take so much memory until the system swapped all other applications to disk, and the system became unusable.
-> Since Ubuntu 9.04 Beta, gedit crashes without a GUI message, but the message "failed to allocate <X> bytes" in the console.
I just opened a 400 MB text file (mbox mail file) in gedit, and it my system has now been unresponsive for minutes. Other editors can open large files without a problem. Also, there's no progress bar or cancel button that would make it easy to see how long gedit is loading the file or to cancel the load.