files in CRAN/src/devel/floppies

Prof Brian D Ripley
Sun, 5 Dec 1999 08:55:00 +0000 (GMT)

On 4 Dec 1999, Douglas Bates wrote:

> I have been unable to write the files R-devel-1.tar.gz or
> R-release-1.tar.gz onto a floppy disk formatted as an MS-DOS floppy.
> I keep getting the message that they are too big.  Is there some
> technique for squeezing them onto the floppy that I don't know about?

gunzip followed by bzip2, I think. (Checks: 1241Kb) Do you actually mean an
MS-DOS floppy? Most people use VFAT file systems on floppies these days,
including Windows. You can't write those file names to an MS-DOS floppy.
(Our computing officer did manage to set up RH6 Linux to use msdos,

I assume that the script used needs adjusting.  I have never bothered with
this: I just split a .tar.gz (or .tar.bz2) into 1400Kb chunks and
concatenate on the target machine.

Brian D. Ripley,        
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