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Bug 106700 - 'split' doesn't support large files (>2GB)
'split' doesn't support large files (>2GB)
Product: Red Hat Raw Hide
Classification: Retired
Component: coreutils (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Tim Waugh
David Lawrence
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Reported: 2003-10-09 14:15 EDT by Need Real Name
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:58 EDT (History)
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Fixed In Version: 5.0-23
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Last Closed: 2003-10-10 06:05:17 EDT
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Description Need Real Name 2003-10-09 14:15:55 EDT
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User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.4) Gecko/20030701

Description of problem:
When trying to use 'split -b' to split a huge tar file into 4.3 gb chunks
suitable for burning on to DVD-R discs, I ran into this problem. You can't make
'split' output files that are >2GB.

Fortunately, I found a patch on the bug-coreutils mailing list:

After a bit of mangling to make it apply cleanly, 'split' behaves much better
and I was able to burn my DVD-Rs. The mangled patch is here:

Jim Meyering, who posted that patch, is listed as one of the coreutils
maintainers on I'm not sure why
this patch hasn't been applied yet.

I'm reporting this against coreutils 5.0-20 in Rawhide, since that's the newest
version, but AFAICT it is present in all previous versions of coreutils,
including 5.0-14 in Fedora Test and 4.5.3-19 in Shrike.

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. cat hugefile.tar | split -b 2048m

Actual Results:  split: 2048m: invalid number of bytes
Try `split --help' for more information.
Comment 1 Tim Waugh 2003-10-10 06:05:17 EDT
Thanks.  Fixed in 5.0-23.
Comment 2 Need Real Name 2003-10-10 13:46:20 EDT
Excellent! Thanks for the quick response.

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