It's probably a lot of text. The engine has to start from the beginning of 
every string then scan through for every cr or lf or cr/lf or whatever counts 
as a line break, until if finds the nth one. The more lines, the longer the 
scan takes each time, and the more text per line the exponentially more time it 
takes. Multiply that by 4 times plus the combinination of all of them as the 
code progresses *4 for the output string and you have the makings of a mountain 
that keeps getting steeper the higher you go.

That is my understanding at least.

Bob S

On Aug 19, 2022, at 15:32 , Mark Wieder via use-livecode 
<<>> wrote:

It is indeed faster. Here's what I came up with. I'm not sure why 2000 lines of 
text in four fields should take that long, I came up with

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