large files

Trond Eivind Glomsrød teg at
Wed Oct 17 08:45:14 GMT 2001

Joseph Loo <jloo at> writes:

> 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.

You're wrong. Ext2 doesn't have such a limitation - the limits are
elsewhre in the kernel. If you have a patched 2.2 kernel (like the
enterprise edition of Red Hat Linux 6.2) or a 2.4 kernel, in addition
to a glibc with the necesarry support, you can make applications
support it.

Red Hat Linux 7.1, with glibc 2.2 and a 2.4 kernel, has such support -
but the applications also need to be compiled with special defines and
not be coded in broken ways (don't use "int" where you should have
used "off_t" etc).

Trond Eivind Glomsrød
Red Hat, Inc.

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