[Rpm-maint] Large file support

Michael Schroeder mls at suse.de
Fri Apr 19 09:01:35 UTC 2013

On Fri, Apr 19, 2013 at 04:21:35PM +0900, Florian Festi wrote:
> Here is the first version of a patch set adding large file support to
> RPM. It uses a own file format that is in the spirit of cpio but only
> contains the file number and file size in the header - omitting all
> other meta data. With a bit more thought may be even these two pieces of
> data might be omitted.
> Right now there is no way to switch between the two formats. Packages
> with large files are generated with the new format.

Do all files in the cpio archive use the new format or just the
files > 4G? I.e. can cpio extract all of the small files and just
skip the big ones?

> The new format will fail rpm2cpio. In the long run we need a new tool
> converting rpm packages into more modern archive formats.

If we limit ourselfs to a subset of the spec, switching over
to the tar format should not be hard.


Michael Schroeder                                   mls at suse.de
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