>> Here are a few more details on these patches (I'll be adding this to the
>> Because of industry standards and interoperability goals, neither tar,
>> pax, nor dump support the archival of files larger than 2GB. fbackup,
>> however, does support the archival of large files. However, the following
>> patches can be applied to 11.11 to remove the file size limitation from
>> tar or pax commands:
>> o tar: PHCO_26423
>> o pax: PHCO_26422
> It should be noted that applying the above pax patch would allow you to
> archive up-to-8GB files into either tar _or_ cpio format, since pax supports
> both formats.
Do you have any reference that pax would allow 8GB files in *cpio*
format? The pax patch only mentions USTAR, i.e. tar, format. If pax
would allow 8GB files in cpio format, then it would be logical for cpio
to do the same, but it doesn't. And (AFAIK), there is no patch for
AFAIK, the problem is the c_filesize (see cpio(4)) which is still
32-bits, probably signed, i.e. 2GB max. While cpio's 'ASCII' format
("-c") would *theoretically* allow 8GB, because Longfile is written in
"%11lo" format, i.e. 11 octal digits, the fact that cpio can be used in
'binary' format (no "-c") sets the theoretical limit to 4GB (32-bits
unsigned) and the practiacl limt to 2GB (32-bits signed).
I would like to be proven wrong, but I'm afraid I'm not.