RPM roadmapping

Michael Schroeder mls at suse.de
Thu Aug 2 10:17:52 UTC 2007

On Wed, Aug 01, 2007 at 09:38:28PM +0200, Nils Philippsen wrote:
> Anyway, if we're talking about huge changes in RPM, I'd like the 2GB
> payload barrier to be gone. This will most probably mean having to get
> rid of cpio as the underlying archive format as even with fixes in the
> code, cpio can't handle more than 4GB (some 32bit integers used in the
> format AFAIK).

It's the size of single files that is limited in cpio. The archive
size is unlimited, as cpio just concatenates single file entries.

OTOH, rpm uses a couple of header elements like RPMSIGTAG_SIZE and
RPMSIGTAG_PAYLOADSIZE which are 32bit integers.


Michael Schroeder                                   mls at suse.de
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