[seqfan] Re: cat: write error: File too large

Robert Munafo mrob27 at gmail.com
Sun Mar 28 10:22:02 CEST 2010

The error "write error: File too large" is given when some client of stdio
(in this case the client is /bin/cat) tries to write to a file whose file
size exceeds 2^31 bytes.

You fix it by getting tools (shell and/or individual commands) that have
been compiled with largefile support, or by dealing with the large file in
some other way.

In this case, I recommend someone with access to the server look around on
the server for a file that close to or larger than 2^31 bytes. It shouldn't
be too hard to find. I use a perl script that reads "find / -print", tests
(-s $pathname) on each pathname and compares to the size cutoff of interest.
The file is probably some kind of logfile and the fix is to break it up into

On Sat, Mar 27, 2010 at 23:57, W. Edwin Clark <wclark at mail.usf.edu> wrote:

> Hi Neil,
> I cannot tell from what you wrote whether or not the 9 sequences
> I submitted were in fact received.  But I suppose if you
> got 9 from me then you did indeed receive the ones I sent.
> So I won't worry about the "cat: write error: File too large"  message
> that accompanied my submission confirmations.  But perhaps
> someone should look into that.  I think I saw it after each of
> the 9 submissions.
> Cheers,
> Edwin
> On Sat, Mar 27, 2010 at 11:15 PM, N. J. A. Sloane <njas at research.att.com>
> wrote:
> > Dear Edwin,  you said:
> >> When submitting a sequence I received the following online
> > reply:
> >
> >              cat: write error: File too large Thanks very much for
> > that message!
> >
> > Does this mean that my submission was not received? Or what?
> >
> > Me:  Here is a list of the new sequence submissions
> > that I received from you today:
> >[...]
 Robert Munafo  --  mrob.com

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