cp - File Size limits ???

jack jdangler at terremark.com
Mon Aug 6 12:44:06 UTC 2007

On Sun, 2007-08-05 at 20:10 -0400, Peter Garrett wrote:
> On Sun, 05 Aug 2007 17:39:24 -0400
> jack <jdangler at terremark.com> wrote:
> > I have a movie.iso file (3.1Gb) in size that I am trying to copy to
> a 4
> > Gb flash drive like this:
> > cp ./movie.iso /media/NEW\ VOLUME/
> >
> > About 2/3 of the way through, it dies with this message:
> > File size limit exceeded (core dumped)
> Is the flash drive a "fat" file system ? they usually are...
> Since I think it is likely to be fat 16  I expect the
> file size limit is 2G. This would tie in with it stopping about 2/3 of
> the
> way through.
> See
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_file_systems
> >
> > Is there a way to overcome a files size limitation in cp?
> I don't think that cp is the problem here.
> > Is there some other way to accomplish this?
> Use another file system ? I notice you also posted a question about
> making
> an ntfs file system - is this related ? ( i.e. have you come to the
> same
> conclusion )
> Peter

After a bit of googling, yes, I did come to that conclusion.  Although I
was able to format the drive on a win box with fat32 and transfer a
3.1Gb file onto it.
I need to experiment with this a bit further, but I'm going to try
transfering the file from kubuntu again with this format.  Failing that,
I've already installed the ntfs progs and I'll re-do the flash drive in
ntfs (although I think according to what I've read that I'll probably
need to do this as ntfs-3g for r/w capabilities)...


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