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Bug with cat?

From: Bob Havlin
Subject: Bug with cat?
Date: Wed, 08 Aug 2001 17:39:24 -0700
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I have no filesize limits and yet commands like

dd if=/dev/zero of=tmpfile bs=1024 count=3000000

work fine.

but the following fails..

$ cat /dev/zero > tmpfile

[1] + Filesize limit exceeded cat /dev/zero > tmpfile (core dumped)

$ ls -l tmpfile
-rw-r--r-- 1 bob users 2147483647 Aug 8 17:12 tmpfile

GNU textutils 2.0.11
RedHat Linux Kernel-2.4smp

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