In the last episode (Apr 07), Bruce Cran said: > On Mon, 6 Apr 2009 19:25:03 -0400 John Almberg <jalmb...@identry.com> wrote: > > Because of a big problem I had this weekend, I need to do an emergency > > backup. I'm basically just creating a tar file of my /home directory. > > > > My question: how big can a file get on FreeBSD? This tar.gz file is > > already 5G. Hard drive space is no problem, but as I'm watching this > > file grow, I'm wondering if there is some file size limit that is going > > to make this long backup abort. > > > > Naturally, that will happen when the backup is almost complete :-) > > With the default blocksize (16384) UFS2 can deal with files up to 128TB. > However traditional tar only supports up to 8GB while the newer ustar > format goes up to 64GB. It seems that at least on 7.x tar creates ustar > archives by default.
I think you're referring to the maximum size of a file tar can store; the total size of a tarfile has no limit, since it's a streaming format. Each stored file is independant of previous or later files, and there is no summary file-list either in the front or at the end. -- Dan Nelson dnel...@allantgroup.com _______________________________________________ email@example.com mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "freebsd-questions-unsubscr...@freebsd.org"