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In this discussion from comp.lang.awk, Martin Cohen builds a really, really, really long string in Gawk (300 million characters). He writes....
I had to extract 25-bit fields from a 90MB binary file, with frames of 10,000 fields indicated by a 33-bit sync value. The words I was interested in were indicated by being preceded by a special tag word.
My first step was to convert the binary file to hex text using od. I then wrote some gawk code to read the text file and extract the (32- bit) words preceded by the tag word. There were 9 million of them.
I concatenated them into a single string of 72 million hex characters (had to do byte-swapping along the way), and then, one character at a time, converted that into a string of 0's and 1's 300 million characters long. I could then easily (using index) search for the sync pattern (independent of any word boundaries) and find the data I wanted.
The total run time was just under 7 minutes (under Red Hat 5.1).
Some optimizations I had to do:
Anyway, it's nice that gawk can handle really long strings.