Introducing fpart - a file partitioning tool

Torfinn Ingolfsen tingox at
Sat Jan 7 10:33:41 UTC 2012

On Sat, Jan 7, 2012 at 5:10 AM, andrew clarke <mail at> wrote:
> On Fri 2012-01-06 11:36:56 UTC+0100, Ganael LAPLANCHE (ganael.laplanche at wrote:
>> Have you ever wondered how you could split a file tree into parts of the
>> same size, or into parts with a limited size or file number ?
>> I have developed a small BSD-licensed tool called fpart that can do that
>> for you (see and
>> This small C program will crawl a given set of file or directory paths,
>> organize them and print resulting partitions. This can be useful to e.g.
>> launch several rsync(1) in parallel or store files on media of limited size.
> Interesting!  Thanks.  I see there's a similar program called
> GAFFitter in the Ports tree (sysutils/gaffitter)...
> "Genetic Algorithm File Fitter, or just GAFFitter, is a command-line
> software written in C++ that arranges--via a genetic algorithm--an
> input list of items or files/directories into volumes of a certain
> capacity (target), such as CD or DVD, in a way that the total wastage
> is minimized. By smartly arranging the input list, GAFFitter fits
> better the given items and so optimizes (reduces) the number of
> required volumes to pack them.
> Currently, GAFFitter runs on GNU/Linux and other POSIX systems, but it
> is designed in such manner that should be easily extended to non-POSIX
> operating environment."

FYI, ports also has sysutils/lxsplit.
FreeBSD base has split(1) and csplit(1).

Just in case anyone thinks this is a new idea.
Torfinn Ingolfsen

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