Plea for help with Large File Support

Erno Kuusela erno-news at
Sat Aug 4 17:41:39 CEST 2001

In article <mailman.996849786.26685.python-list at>, Chris
Withers <chrisw at> writes:

| Hi, The system I'm working on is Debian 2.2 (potato) with a ReiserFS
| 3.5 partition on it. I'm assured that on this setup, I should be
| able to have files of up to 4GB in size, currently I get barfage at
| exactly 2GB :-(

ext2fs can do large files just fine too. if you are on a 32-bit platform,
you need a kernel and c library that have support support the
large file kludge (on 64-bit platforms things work natively).

i don't think it works on 32-bit potato out of the box. you need a 2.4
kernel (there are also 3rd party patches for 2.2 i think).
the potato libc is probably not up to the task either.

if you are feeling adventurous, you may try upgrading to woody
(aka testing).

| What do I need to do to get Python 1.5.2 and Python 2.1 compiled in
| such a way that I read and write to files bigger than 2GB?

upgrade your hardware or operating system :).

  -- erno

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