File Size Limit in /var/spool/mail

John Summerfied debian at
Thu Dec 15 16:45:33 UTC 2005

Christofer C. Bell wrote:
> On 12/13/05, Manish Kathuria <manish at> wrote:
>>Is there any limit on the size of the mail spool files in the spool
>>directory /var/spool/mail ? I have a user whose mail file is above 2 GB
>>and procmail cant write any further mails there ? AFAIK, the file size
>>limits are pretty high and in TB now.
> 2GB is the maximum filesize and it's due to limitations in the

That was so until about RHL 7.1.

There are individual programs that cannot handle files larger than 2 Gb, 
and that leads to problems downloading DVD images, but Linux and glibc 
have both been fine with them for years.



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