"Value too large to be stored in data type"

Kevin Downey redchin at gmail.com
Wed Oct 11 15:41:56 PDT 2006

FreeBSD rincewind 6.2-PRERELEASE FreeBSD 6.2-PRERELEASE #0: Tue Oct 10
13:57:46 PDT 2006     hiredman at rincewind:/usr/obj/usr/src/sys/ODIN32  i386

I used tar to create several tar files. Then I used growfs from the
dvd+rw-tools port to burn them to a dvd. The exact command I used was
"growisofs -Z /dev/cd0 -r -J -speed=4 backups/". The disc mounts fine, but:

rincewind# cd /cdrom && ls
ls: 2006-10-11.all.tar: Value too large to be stored in data type
2006-10-05-apache-config.tar 2006-10-05-ssl.tar

rincewind# du -hs 2006-10-11.all.tar
du: 2006-10-11.all.tar: Value too large to be stored in data type


A google search shows someone asking about this error message on -questions
before. The only follow ups I saw suggested it was some kind of gnu tar ->
bsd tar snafu. These tarballs were created on this very same freebsd and the
errors show up with any command, not just tar. My best guess is that it has
to do with using Juliet extensions when I burned it.

Does anyone have some a definative answer? It is a remote machine so I
cannot just pop another dvd in and try with a different set of options.

Please CC me. I am not subscribed to -questions.
luctor et emergo

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