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 <firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>> 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 _______________________________________________ use-livecode mailing list firstname.lastname@example.org Please visit this url to subscribe, unsubscribe and manage your subscription preferences: http://lists.runrev.com/mailman/listinfo/use-livecode