Samba 2.2.12 cannot transfer files bigger than 2GB ???

Agda Maria Galli Cartolano acartolano at
Tue Sep 27 13:53:24 GMT 2005

Thank you for your reply...
I was not the one that installed SAMBA on the UNIX server.
But I am very confused...
What is required for SAMBA to "correctly detected large file
support from your operating system at configure time" ?
It was installed on Solaris 9, SUN Fire V210, 64-bit sparcv9.
I did some tests and I found out that SAMBA can handle bigger than 2 GB
files, but in the specific situation below it is not working:

RMAN (oracle) has UNIX as a servers and Windows 2000 as client.
Form the server side you assign a job to be handle by the client to
backup oracle. The backup output will be a samba share directory in
What is going on is that when a file is bigger than 2 GB, the Windows
2000 RMAN client does not have a confirmation from samba that the file
was actually written to UNIX.

I am able to use SAMBA to communicate and copy files bigger than 2GB
from Windows 2000 SQLSERVER to Solaris 9.

What is going on with the RMAN situation?
Why upgrading SAMBA might solve this problem?

Thank you soooooooooooooooooooooooooo much for your attention...


-----Original Message-----
From: Andrew Bartlett [mailto:abartlet at] 
Sent: Monday, September 26, 2005 4:21 PM
To: Agda Maria Galli Cartolano
Cc: samba-technical at
Subject: Re: Samba 2.2.12 cannot transfer files bigger than 2GB ???

On Mon, 2005-09-26 at 11:44 -0500, Agda Maria Galli Cartolano wrote:
> Hello good people!
> I need some urgent help...
> I am using samba to transfer files from Windows XP to Solaris 9 (which
> is 64 kit) and I cannot transfer files bigger than 2 GB.
> Is this a Samba limitation? How can I bypass this limitation?

Samba 2.2 (while now no longer supported, we strongly suggest an upgrade
to Samba 3.0) is fully capable of handling large files, over the size of
2GB.  Support for such depends on if Samba correctly detected large file
support from your operating system at configure time.

Did you build Samba locally, or download pre-packaged binaries?  Perhaps
try Samba 3.0.20 and build from source, or the binary packages on

Andrew Bartlett

Andrew Bartlett
Samba Developer, SuSE Labs, Novell Inc.
Authentication Developer, Samba Team 
Student Network Administrator, Hawker College

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