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Re: 2gig file

"Jens B. Jorgensen" <jens.jorgensen@cmgisolutions.com> writes:
> Brian Schramm wrote:
> > OK.  I am dealing with a 2gig file size limit on Linux.  I have been
> > reading up on this all day to very little luck as to how to fix it.  If
> > I recomend someone to go to debian for an upgrade will this fix it?  I
> > am after any fix I can get and at this time changing dist. is just as
> > good for me as anything else.
> >
> > Please someone help me see the lite on this.
> This is due to a limitation of the ext2 filesystem. I believe the
> reiserfs filesystem supports longer files than this but you'd need
> to patch your kernel source to add this. I also don't know if it's
> really ready for prime time yet.

Actually, I think there are a whole LOT of issues with file 
sizes > 2GB on ext2 and 32-bit machines. Best place to look for an
explanation would be a searchable archive of the Linux kernel mailing
list, like:


and do a search with the keywords along the lines of:

2G file size limit

Unfortunately I don't think there is currently a "stable" solution to
this problem. ext3 and reiserfs exist, and may solve the problem, but
I think they're still pretty much considered beta, at best. I'm not
even sure you can use them with a 2.2.x kernel, you may have to use a
"development" kernel, ie., 2.3.x series kernel. Also, of course, you
could solve the problem by going with a DEC/Compaq Alpha or Sparc
64-bit machine running Linux.


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