[docs] [issue29013] zipfile: inconsistent doc for ZIP64 file size

Monte Davidoff report at bugs.python.org
Mon Dec 19 04:04:33 EST 2016


New submission from Monte Davidoff:

The documentation for the zipfile module, https://docs.python.org/3.5/library/zipfile.html, contains inconsistent descriptions of the maximum size of a ZIP file when allowZip64 is False.

The second paragraph in the zipfile module documentation states:

"It can handle ZIP files that use the ZIP64 extensions (that is ZIP files that are more than 4 GiB in size)."

Later on, in the description of the zipfile.ZipFile class, it says:

"If allowZip64 is True (the default) zipfile will create ZIP files that use the ZIP64 extensions when the zipfile is larger than 2 GiB."

The two sizes (4 GiB and 2 GiB) should be the same. According to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zip_(file_format)#ZIP64, 4 GiB is the correct value.

There is a similar problem in the 2.7.13 documentation, https://docs.python.org/2.7/library/zipfile.html.

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assignee: docs at python
components: Documentation
messages: 283597
nosy: docs at python, mndavidoff
priority: normal
severity: normal
status: open
title: zipfile: inconsistent doc for ZIP64 file size
versions: Python 3.5

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