Byte counters reset at ~4GB

Kris Kennaway kris at
Mon Mar 15 16:07:13 PST 2004

On Mon, Mar 15, 2004 at 06:38:28PM -0500, Mike Jakubik wrote:
> Hello,
> It seems that the byte counters (derived from netstat -nbi) reset at
> around 4 GB. Is there no way around this? It would be nice to be able to
> see an accurate display of totals. It just seems pointless to even have
> this, as 4 GB is just not that much anymore. I know this is a 32bit
> limitation of the variable, but that's just bad coding in my opinion (no
> offence intended), I mean there must be some way around this.

I think in the past it's been pointed out changing to a 64-bit
variable would slow down the code on non-64-bit architectures like the
venerable i386.

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