Large data (was Re: ftp archives disappearing?)

Christopher McNabb cmcnabb at
Tue Mar 20 11:42:45 CDT 2007

On 3/20/07 12:32 PM, "Ethan Dicks" <ethan.dicks at> wrote:

> Like the time (10 years ago ;-) that a user tried to vi a 30MB file on
> an old Sun box... he was astonished that he couldn't do it.  The
> problem was that vi wanted to buffer the edits in /var/tmp which had
> about 10MB free.  Things did not go well.

Heck, I still have users who try to use vi to edit files that are larger
than /var/tmp and /var/tmp is upwards of 8 gigabytes!

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