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Copying large files on the network with samba/cifs Print E-mail

Samba in Linux by default does not allow you to copy large files (> 2 GB) to Win. machines over the network.

The workaround for this problem is to enable the Large File System(lfs) support with samba/smbclient.

Another easy solution is to use the CIFS(Common Internet File System) in place of smbfs

So to mount a remote location to my local directory I would use

mount -t cifs -o username=user lfs workgroup=my_domain //<remote location>  <local directory>

This will allow you to copy large files over the network.

I have tested this with the file size of around 22 GB using CIFS.

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