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Large File on i386 question

	Hello, sorry to bether you as the maintainer of the debian libc6
package, but I would like to ask a question, or rather two strictly
related ones that probably have a single answer, about support for large
files (>2Gbytes) in linux on x86 platforms.

The question: is the current woody libc6 LFS capable, with a LFS patched
2.2.x kernel or with a 2.4.0test kernel that has LFS support included? I
have been reading the web page http://www.scyld.com/software/lfs.html
page, that talks about enabling LFS, and it involves patching the glibc
(patch in an archive on the web page, GPLed). The patches do not apply
cleanly out of the box to the sources out of which the current woody
libc6 package is built. Namely they try to create a new
sysdeps/unix/sysv/linux/i386/mmap64.S (which exists already and is
different from the one that the patch would create) and to apply
apparently previously applied (?) patches to
sysdeps/unix/sysv/linux/i386/mmap.S and misc/sys/mman.h.

Any suggestion on how to get this to work? I definitely need to work with
large files on x86 Linux, and I would hate to have to move to RedHat
Enterprise edition (I tried RedHat and do prefer Debian, even unstable,
over it)

Thanks a lot
Giacomo Mulas


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