David Bear wrote:
I have a 100 mg zip drive that I'm writing to as a raw device -- no
file system -- just 'tar cvf /dev/afd0 stuff'.  I am curious if there
is a way to find out how big the tarball is on this kind of thing.
I'm guessing maybe some kind of seek to EOF but not sure how it might
be accomplished.  any idea's?


this might work (probably reads whole file): cat < /dev/afd0 | wc -c


or perhaps this one: du /dev/afd0

you can try this:

perl -e '$filename = "/dev/afd0"; print "siz eof [$filename] is [" . (stat($filename))[7] . "]\n";'

not sure if that would be any different than ls -l though...

erik


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