Several operating systems (including AIX, HPUX, Irix and Solaris) provide support for files that are larger than 2 Gb from a C programming model where int and long are 32-bit values. This is typically accomplished by defining the relevant size and offset types as 64-bit values. Such files are sometimes referred to as large files.
Large file support is enabled in Python when the size of an off_t is larger than a long and the long long type is available and is at least as large as an off_t. Python longs are then used to represent file sizes, offsets and other values that can exceed the range of a Python int. It may be necessary to configure and compile Python with certain compiler flags to enable this mode. For example, it is enabled by default with recent versions of Irix, but with Solaris 2.6 and 2.7 you need to do something like:
CC="cc `getconf LFS_CFLAGS`" ./configure
On large-file-capable Linux systems, this might work:
CC='gcc -D_LARGEFILE64_SOURCE -D_FILE_OFFSET_BITS=64' ./configure
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