Originally Posted by chrism01
I'd have to say that learning the cmd line will definitely pay off, esp for situations like this. Its not hard if you take it slowly ie one thing at a time.
This is a very good tutorial about Linux at the cmd line: http://rute.2038bug.com/index.html.gz
Tks for the quick response and for the refs. Rute looks really good and on the strength of this, I will certainly persevere with Cmd Line working. No doubt my skills will improve with time. I remember some of it from my days working with Unix in the 1980s but that's a long time ago!
Tonight I will try the archiving using tar and gzip from the cmd line to see if that helps, and obviously the cp/scp and cat functions will provide a temporary workaround.
My suspicion is that the problem stems from limitations in File Roller and the way it works which seems strange to me. It appears to create the archive in 650MB chunks, adding them into the archive as it goes. It does the first 2 fine but then craters when it tries to add the third one in.