large files

Joseph Loo jloo at
Wed Oct 17 06:28:04 GMT 2001

I am not sure but you might be running into the limitations of the ext2 
file ssytem. I believe it has a 4 Gbyte limitation on a single file. You 
might have to consider another file system for your large files.

Ivan Fernandez wrote:

> I'm reposting this problem (perhaps a bug) now I've got more 
> information on it. This is another point of view of the situation and 
> I hope someone could have run into the same trouble before (and solved 
> it :-))
> This is it:
>         * with ntbackup 2000 I create a 22Gb .bkf file in the windows 
> machine.
>         * I can copy that file over a samba share and get correct info 
> form the file in windows explorer.
>         * ls -l also returns correct info, *WHILE* stat, mc, and other 
> programs raise up with an error regarding a value too high for defined 
> data type.
>         * If I try to create the file with ntbackup directly over the 
> share, it gets downsized to 0 bytes and grows slowly while ntbackup 
> dies when the file crosses the 4 Gb (exactly) size.
>         *I have compiled myself version 2.2.2 of samba and, 
> surprisingly, the 4Gb "limit" situation described above was taken down 
> to 2 Gb exactly.
> Any idea on what's happening, please??
> Thanks all for reading (and more more thanks if someone responds!)

Joseph Loo
jloo at

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