Anyway to extract a large file from EXT2FS filesystem?

Stefan Krantz s at
Tue Feb 17 01:49:56 PST 2004


I would like to extract a large (11GB) tar file on an ext3 filesystem. But
it shows only to be about 3gb large:

yabba# ls -la pictures.tar
-rw-r--r--  1 root  wheel  3317055488 Feb 15 19:03 pictures.tar

Is there any possible way to extract the file?

I'm running 5.2-RELEASE on i386.

bash-2.05b# tune2fs -l /dev/ar0s3
tune2fs 1.32 (09-Nov-2002)
Filesystem volume name:   <none>
Last mounted on:          <not available>
Filesystem UUID:          f3e88f3f-b943-4833-8c85-02c0ec32fa54
Filesystem magic number:  0xEF53
Filesystem revision #:    1 (dynamic)
Filesystem features:      has_journal filetype sparse_super large_file
Default mount options:    (none)
Filesystem state:         clean
Errors behavior:          Continue
Filesystem OS type:       Linux
Inode count:              4251520
Block count:              8492360
Reserved block count:     424618
Free blocks:              2337723
Free inodes:              3863754
First block:              0
Block size:               4096
Fragment size:            4096
Blocks per group:         32768
Fragments per group:      32768
Inodes per group:         16352
Inode blocks per group:   511
Last mount time:          Mon Feb 16 19:25:26 2004
Last write time:          Mon Feb 16 21:53:50 2004
Mount count:              20
Maximum mount count:      23
Last checked:             Tue Jan 20 11:20:23 2004
Check interval:           15552000 (6 months)
Next check after:         Sun Jul 18 12:20:23 2004
Reserved blocks uid:      0 (user root)
Reserved blocks gid:      0 (group wheel)
First inode:              11
Inode size:               128
Journal UUID:             <none>
Journal inode:            8
Journal device:           0x0000
First orphan inode:       0


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