intermittent SIGXFSZ errors

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Environment

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 Service Pack 2

Situation

Users may encounter problems when huge files are copied between different filesystems.
Applications like mv or cp can crash if one or more files are bigger than 4GB.
Reason is that the VFS layer out of context sends SIGXFSZ to the application.
SIGXFSZ is expected to be send only in case setrlimit limits are exceeded.

Resolution

This is a known issue and SUSE Engineering already fixed this.
SLES10 Service Pack 2 contains this fix now. First occurence is kernel 2.6.16.60-0.39.3

In doubt, check the kernel changelog for this entry:

* Mo Apr 20 2009
- patches.fixes/no-SIGXFSZ-on-large-file.patch: [PATCH] Only
  send SIGXFSZ when exceeding rlimits. (bnc#495133).
 

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  • Document ID:7003258
  • Creation Date: 13-May-2009
  • Modified Date:15-Mar-2021
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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