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Re: how do I extract a 2.6 gigabyte .tar.gz file ?

john@dhh.gt.org wrote:
> Darxus writes:
> > Well, I remembered seeing something somewhere that let me find the inode
> > number of a file, and found it in ls's man page.  Any chance I can use an
> > inode number to tell dd where to find it ? 
> Isn't the file on a fat32 filesystem?  Seems like this is the place for DOS
> filesystem tools.

Aha!!! I'll bet John is right - mtools should not go through the VFS layer,
and should be able to read a file this size. It's too bad we don't have an

Aha again! We do. Ok, here's what you need to do: 

* Get and install mtools.deb
* Edit /etc/mtools.conf, set it up so it can access your dos partition, as
  say, drive c: (follow the comments, looks easy).
* mtype c:/huge.tar.gz | tar ....

I think this'll work.

see shy jo

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