[Python-Dev] large file support

Martin v. Loewis martin@v.loewis.de
18 Jun 2002 19:04:05 +0200

Skip Montanaro <skip@pobox.com> writes:

> What about a networked environment?  If machine A without large file support
> mounts an NFS directory from machine B that does support large files, what
> should a program running on A see if it attempts to stat a large file?

I would have to read the specs to answer this question correctly, but
I believe the answer would go like this:

case 1: Machine A only supports NFSv2, which does not support large files.
  When machine A accesses a large file on machine B (through the NFS
  GETATTR operation), it will see a truncated file. Notice that the exact
  behaviour depends on the NFSv2 implementation on machine B.

case 2: Machine A supports NFSv3, and the client NFS implementation
  correctly recognizes the large file. Now, you say "A has no large
  file support". That could either mean that the syscalls don't
  support that, or that the C library doesn't support that. If the
  kernel does not support it, it may be that it does not define
  EOVERFLOW, either. Most likely, you will again see the truncated

> Sounds like the EOVERFLOW thing would come in handy here.

It's not our choice whether the operating system reports EOVERFLOW, or
a truncated file. My guess is that you likely see a truncated file,
but you would need to specify a precise combination of (client C lib,
client OS, wire NFS version, server OS) to find out what really

My guess is that if the system is not aware of large files, it likely
won't work "correctly" when it sees one, with Python having no way to
influence the outcome.