RE: Large files

From: David Schwartz (
Date: Tue Jun 10 2003 - 15:14:45 EST

> With 32 bit return values, ix86 Linux has a file-size limitation
> which is currently about 0x7fffffff. Unfortunately, instead of
> returning from a write() with a -1 and errno being set, so that
> a program can do something about it, write() executes a signal(25)
> which kills the task even if trapped. Is this one of those <expletive
> deleted> POSIX requirements or is somebody going to fix it?

        If the program were smart enough to do something sane about it, it should
be smart enough to handle the signal correctly. What do you think should
happen if a program compiled today calls 'time' in 2039? You want to shut
down the program as quickly as possible before it does something insane.


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