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Re: Problem with tail

From: Bob Proulx
Subject: Re: Problem with tail
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2003 20:21:26 -0600
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Paul Eggert wrote:
> address@hidden writes:
> > $ tail --version
> > tail (textutils) 2.0.21
> That's a fairly old version.  I have no problem with the coreutils 5.0
> tail on Debian:

I have definitely used 2.0.21 on large files previously.  While old I
don't think that is the root cause of the problem.  I suspect that if
it were analyzed completely it would be found that that particular
compilation was compiled without large files support.  The newer
autoconf is much better at detecting this than the older version used
at that time.  In the old days you had to tell configure how to enable
large file support.  This is really not an issue for tail so much as
it is for the operating system and the compiler.

If that version was compiled from source then recompiling it with
large file support should enable this functionality if your operating
system also supports large files.  But since it is so old I agree with
Paul that your best action is to update to the current coreutils.


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