Right… so I have this large large large text file. 862 MB. And I wanted to change the first few lines in it.
First I tried the usual editors… BBEdit, Coda, TextMate, TextWrangler etc. All crashed and burned.
Then went into Terminal to give the text-based editors a try. And to my amazement (and much joy) the file opened up in both Pico and vi. Although it took 30-odd seconds before the text showed up on the screen, but once it was there, I could scroll around and edit. And saving the file was pretty quick as well.
Long live command line!