large files

Ivan Fernandez ivan at
Wed Oct 17 11:45:05 GMT 2001

Hi Joseph,

    please read the message entirely. I say I can copy the 22 Gb file onto
the samba server with no problems. (I'm using ReiserFS 3.6).

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De: samba-admin at [mailto:samba-admin at]En
nombre de Joseph Loo
Enviado el: miércoles, 17 de octubre de 2001 15:30
Para: samba list
Asunto: Re: large files

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

        * 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

        * 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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