[tex-k] Size limitation for dvips output files

Peter Breitenlohner peb at mppmu.mpg.de
Thu Sep 23 09:49:27 CEST 2010

On Fri, 17 Sep 2010, Karl Berry wrote:

> Here's the long answer:
> Despite your laudable attempts at recompiling with largefile support, I
> continue to believe this restriction is about compiler options and not
> anything in dvips specifically.  The error message "dvips: Problems with
> file writing; probably disk full." is given upon any output error.
> There's no magic constant in dvips preventing >2gb output.
> ....
> kpathsea/common.ac used to have AC_SYS_LARGEFILE, but we no longer use
> that file.  There is no AC_SYS_LARGEFILE in any current configure that I
> can see. ....

There is AC_SYS_LARGEFILE in m4/kpse-common.m4 used by virtually each

> I also do not know if AC_SYS_LARGEFILE by itself is
> sufficient, or if more changes to the source are necessary.

Certainly not.  At the very least you have to use fseeko/ftello/off_t.

> In any event, as stated in Build, the relevant declarations in TeX are
> still inconsistent.  That's a different (and highly nontrivial) bug.

I think it is about time to address this problem!

Peter Breitenlohner

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