I apologize if this is out of line or the incorrect venue to make my
I have spent months, off and on, attempting to download a large iso file
through my Linux desktop to my Linux-based server. It was frustrating
and damn near impossible. I kept suffering failures when the file size
hit 2Gig. I asked around in several newsgroups, I believe this mailing
list, and some web forums to no avail. I finally sorted the matter out
and was able to receive my iso image.
The holdup was that SAMBA involves a 2 Gigabyte file size limit that no
one ever mentioned. I finally stumbled onto the details and by simply
adding "lfs" near the end of my fstab mount statements for my server's
SAMBA shares. Once I had that piece of information, it took about 10
minutes to fix the statements and remount the shares. I understand
there is also a way to mount SAMBA shares as cifs shares which does not
appear to be as feature rich, but does overcome the 2Gb file size limit.
We are operating in a day and age of broadband Internet service, DVD
media, and downloadable software (like Linux distribution iso for
example), that easily exceed 2Gb. I would like to request that the
"lfs" command option and perhaps even the "cifs" option be better
documented in the manpage.
This assuming the archaic 2 Gb limit can not be overcome in subsequent
versions of SAMBA.
Mark E. Adams
Tom's hungry, time to eat lunch.
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