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Subject[BUG?] :: "Value too large for defined data type"


In short, I may have done a bad thing, this I know but .....

I noticed that when I tried to backup a box across the LAN via dump to a
localy mounted drive ...

<mental picture>
Box1 has:
hda and hdb, hdb has a fat32 fs (don't ask)

Box2 has
/mnt/backup, mounted to box2:/mnt/hdb1.

</mental picture>

.. dump crashed with:

DUMP: 78.80% done at 814 kB/s, finished in 0:10
DUMP: error reading command pipe in master: No such file or directory
DUMP: The ENTIRE dump is aborted.

Trying to check where dump should have written the file on box2, I get:

# ls -al
/bin/ls: test: Value too large for defined data type
total 2097216
drwxrwxrwx 2 root root 32768 Aug 14 23:27 ./
drwxrwxrwx 50 root root 32768 Aug 14 21:02 ../
-rwxrwxrwx 1 root root 2147483647 Aug 14 22:11

Ok so I lied, that is a paste from after my little expriment, but you can
see the file size. 2.1G, out of a 3G drive.

What caused the error and my emailing the list, is I created a file using
dd (dd if=/dev/zero of=test bs=4098k count=1000), but I cannot access that
file at all. The only thing that seems to not care about it is "echo" :

# echo *
box1.071401.dump test

I tried to remove the file using rm, but I get the same error as ls:

# rm test
rm: cannot remove `test': Value too large for defined data type

The file is taking up ~4G of space (which is reflected correctly with df,
du will not read the file).

It was a stupid thing to do, but could there be a better way for the OS to
handle this and is there any way I can remove the file? It's on a 60
Gig drive, so formatting would not be an option right about now ...

The box in question (box2), is running Slack with a 2.4.3 kernel:

# uname -a
Linux box2 2.4.3 #7 SMP Sun Apr 29 13:42:05 EDT 2001 i686 unknown

Any thoughts?

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