> On Wed, 16 Feb 2000, Brian Cullen wrote:
>> > I am tar`ing up a load of files (2.6GIGs) and am getting the following
> > message:
> > tar: Cannot write to /usr3/bkfiles.tar: File too large
> > tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now
> What you see is what you get - the file is (or would be) too large. The
> maximum size of a file with ext2fs on 32bit Linux systems is 2GB. I'm not
> sure either why this is so - the maximum size of a 32 bit word is 4GB, so
> where did the extra bit go ? the value 0x7FFFFFFFUL is hardcoded into the
> kernel sources for ext2, with no indication as to why this so.
Thats the max signed long, ie. half the max unsigned long.
>> Niall O Broin
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