Wednesday, July 8, 2009

The 2GB limit of lp

I just noticed here a thread in the ITRC forums about someone who's trying to lp a file bigger than 2GBytes:

I'm not surprised it doesn't work. Who could possibly have imagined at Berkeley in, say, 1985, that someone would actually want to print 2 gigs of data?

Although I'm sure there is a valid need for this, man, this makes me realize that times have changed. When I started high school, complete PC games used to fit on a 360k floppy! And they were fun!

Time to convert all these legacy tools to 64 bits. And yes, that includes biff, roff and ex.

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