[svlug] 2GB file size limitation on kernels from RedHat 2.2.14-6.1.1 and 2.2.14-12?

Bryan -TheBS- Smith thebs at theseus.com
Mon May 22 11:46:24 PDT 2000

RedHat Kernel 2.2.14-6.1.1 versus 2.2.14-12 on 2GB file size limitation???

I just upgraded to RedHat's Kernel 2.2.14-12 RPM from 2.2.14-6.1.1
last night.  I never bothered to explore the 2GB file size
limitation, which has been patched in 2.3.x series kernels, to see
if RedHat had back-patched 2.2.14.

Now my boss was able to create a 2.5GB tarball on Saturday on this
system.  That was the kernel from the 2.2.14-6.1.1 RPMs so I assume
RedHat put the patch in release 6.1.1.

Today he tried to create a 11GB tarball on the same system and it
stopped at the magical 2.147GB limit.  That was the kernel from the
2.2.14-12 RPMs so I'm assuming RedHat forgot the patch in release

It couldn't be the tar/gzip tools, since he used the same tools, on
the same system each time.  It might be NFS, not sure, since the
kernel did change (and I assume the kernel NFS support as well).

Anyone got any insights?  I'm scanning the code right now and
trying to create the tarball again.

-- TheBS

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