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smbclient tar (create, extract) fails on zSeries when file is over 8GB

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 Service Pack 1


If the smbclient tar command (smbclient -T options) is used to create an archive larger than 8GB, it will fail and create an invalid tar file.

On a Samba Server, create a test file using dd:
# dd if=/dev/zero of=smbcl.test bs=1M count=9216 or 8192
On the Samba Client, run
# smbclient  //server/share -U uuuu%ppp -I x.x.x.x -Tc xxx.tar

The results are:
count=9216, input size=9663676416, but tar -tvf shows 274911461376
count=8192, input size=8589934592, but tar -tvf shows 33554432

Extracting a 8GB tar file also fails:

# tar -tvf smbltest32.tar
drwxr-xr-x 0/0 0 2010-08-13 17:01 ./lost+found/
-rw-r--r-- 0/0 8589934592 2011-10-19 12:00 ./smbcl.test8g

# smbclient //target/share -U user%password -Tx smbltest32.tar
creating lame upcase table
creating lame lowcase table
Domain=[D31GRP] OS=[Unix] Server=[Samba 3.0.36-]
restore directory \lost+found\ Error writing remote file <-------------- Error
Abandoning restore

# ls -al
total 2099212
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 0 Aug 13 2010 lost+found
-rwxr--r-- 1 root root 2147490816 Oct 20 17:30 smbcl.test8g


The samba update, samba-3.4.3-1.34.1, released February 2012 includes the solution to resolve this problem. Please install the recommended update.

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  • Document ID:7009690
  • Creation Date: 03-Nov-2011
  • Modified Date:03-Mar-2020
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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