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From: Jeff Garland (jeff_at_[hidden])
Date: 2004-02-10 09:32:05

On Mon, 09 Feb 2004 21:18:08 -0500, Beman Dawes wrote
> At 01:35 AM 2/9/2004, Jonathan Ultis wrote:
> >::exists is implemented using ::stat. The ::stat routine returns an
> >error on file sizes larger than 2 gigs in libc-2.3.2, and several
> >others. So, very large files never exists (). Using ::access seems
> to >fix the problem.
> Good grief! Are you saying that ::stat() cannot be used at all
> because it fails for all uses when file sizes are larger than 2 gigs?
> ...
> That would be a disaster.
> ...
> I don't mean to doubt your report, but it seems hard to believe that
> such a commonly used function could fail for large files. Is there
> more to the story?

Why? As I recall the history here, it has only been fairly recent that many
operating systems would support files larger than 2 gig. AFAIK Microsoft's
FAT filesystems are all limited to 2 gig file size limits. So it might be the
case that the majority of filesystems currently in use still have this limit....


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