Charles G Waldman cgw at fnal.gov
Fri Jun 25 16:46:30 EDT 1999

I am building and testing software on Linux which will eventually be
deployed onto a variety of systems, including OS's with large
filesystem support.  I need to be sure that all of the code (some of
which is C extension modules) is prepared to handle python Long
integer objects as file sizes and offsets - for instance some of the C 
code naively does a PyArg_ParseTuple(args, "i", &file_size) which
works fine as long as the file size is a plain int.

For testing purposes,  I've modified config.h after running
./configure, so that the symbol HAVE_LARGEFILE_SUPPORT is #defined.
This allows me to continue testing on Linux, and be fairly sure that
there will be no surprises when I run the code on an SGI or Solaris

Since this feature is useful,  I've started building Python this way
all the time.  It seems to run fine,  I haven't run into any trouble.
I'm wondering if there's some hidden pitfall that I haven't thought

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