[erlang-questions] Speeding up text file I/O

Florian Weimer <>
Mon Jan 7 14:30:10 CET 2008

Is there a way to read lines from a text files more quickly than the
excerpt below?  This runs over 100 times slower than a "wc -l":

$ erlc wc.erl
$ erl -noshell -s wc process data -s erlang halt

I'm using erlang 1:11.b.5dfsg-12 (Debian) in this experiment.


processLines(File, Count) ->
    case io:get_line(File, '') of
	eof ->
	    io:format("~w~n", [Count]);
	_ ->
	    processLines(File, Count + 1)

process(Name) ->
    {ok, S} = file:open(Name, [read]),
    % ok = io:setopts(S, [binary]),
    processLines(S, 0).

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