RE: Python does not take up available physical memory

Discussion in 'Python' started by Pradipto Banerjee, Oct 19, 2012.

  1. I have a 32-bit machine. Can I install a 64-bit build even if my PC is 32-bit?

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    From: Python-list [mailto:python-list-bounces+pradipto.banerjee=] On Behalf Of Ian Kelly
    Sent: Friday, October 19, 2012 2:48 PM
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    Subject: Re: Python does not take up available physical memory

    On Fri, Oct 19, 2012 at 11:08 AM, Pradipto Banerjee
    <> wrote:
    > Is there any reason why python can't read a 1GB file in memory even when a
    > 2.3 GB physical memory is available? Do I need to make a change in some
    > setting or preferences?
    > I am using python(x,y) distribution (python 2.7) and use Spyder as the IDE.

    Probably you're using a 32-bit Python build, and Windows wasn't able
    to allocate enough contiguous virtual memory for the process.

    Try using a 64-bit build instead.

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    Pradipto Banerjee, Oct 19, 2012
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  2. On Fri, 19 Oct 2012 14:04:21 -0500, Pradipto Banerjee wrote:

    > I have a 32-bit machine. Can I install a 64-bit build even if my PC is
    > 32-bit?

    No. Well, you could try, and if the installer did no error checking it
    might even install the 64-bit exe onto your computer, but it would crash
    when you try to run it.

    A 64-bit build requires a 64-bit operating system and 64-bit hardware. A
    32-bit build can be used in either system.

    Steven D'Aprano, Oct 19, 2012
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