Problem partitioning disk

Bob Edwards Robert.Edwards at
Thu Sep 26 16:13:39 EST 2002

Martijn van Oosterhout wrote:
> Hi,
> I have a 160GB RAID array to partition and it doesn't seem to be working
> very well. Both fdisk and cfdisk die with the error "File size limit
> exceeded" (actually, it seems to be a signal of sorts).
> I suspect it's due to the fact that I want extended partitions and [c]fdisk
> needs to seek a fair way to place them.
> Anyway,
> - has anyone seen this before?
> - at what size does it kick in? (128GB?, odd number)
> - is it a kernel problem, libc problem or [c]fdisk problem?
> Kernel 2.4.17
> Glibc 2.1.3
> fdisk v2.10s
> cfdisk 2.10s
> Thanks in advance,
> --
> Martijn van Oosterhout   <kleptog at>
> > There are 10 kinds of people in the world, those that can do binary
> > arithmetic and those that can't.

This issue was discussed by Peter Chubb at the AUUG conference in Melbourne
recently, only I seem to remember that the problem he was solving kicked 
in in the Terabyte range (not 100's Gigabyte), so this may not be relevant.

Check the AUUG website (


Bob Edwards.

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