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Hi :)
Try Gnumeric;

It's a dedicated spreadsheet program with a tiny footprint that uses
minimal resources, so it's faster, lighter and more robust than Excel
or Calc.  Many people find Gnumeric to be better than Calc or Excel
for serious or hefty spreadsheets and/or for handling many more
spreadsheets in a shorter time-frame.

It can be installed alongside LibreOffice and/or MS Office.  It uses
the same format as LibreOffice natively so most spreadsheets can be
bounced between the 2 programs quite happily.

Part of the advantage of LibreOffice is that it fits well into a wider
eco-system and co-operates well with a wider range of programs and
suites allowing you to tailor individual machines to specific
use-cases and yet still retain the ability to share files between
different machines and different people using different OSes and

Regards from
Tom )

On 5 April 2014 06:43, Andrew Douglas Pitonyak <> wrote:
On 04/04/2014 07:44 PM, andrewH wrote:

I am working with a data set that keeps causing my LibreOffice to freeze.
am pretty sure that this is only because it is big. It is a pipe-separated
text from the US Economic Census imported into Calc, about 30 columns and
around a million rows. (The actual data set is bigger, but Calc quits at a
million-odd. The complete file is about 0.8 gig.) I suspect but can not
prove that this is related to file handling somehow, e.g. breaking down
during auto-saving. The first time I saved the data as a Calc file it took
nearly an hour with the "soffice.bin *32" process running at 25 percent of
CPU time and using about 825 meg of memory the entire time. (Not sure why
this is showing up as a 32-bit version).  And when Calc freezes, all the
LibreOffice programs freeze. So I can't just switch to another file and
noodle away while waiting.

It looks to me as though Calc cannot handle more than 1048576 rows of data,

Do you have more rows than that? If yes, then I think that you cannot open
the file.

If you have less than that, and, if you think that you are simply running
out of memory.... if you can figure out how to get the data to me, I can run
a test on a 64 bit version (running on Linux). My machine has 32 GB of

Andrew Pitonyak
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