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Old 03-01-2004, 02:31 AM   #1
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Splitting then Merging

I have to transport a large file (470MB) between computers using a 128MB flash memory stick. Will simply using 'split' to break it into four sections and 'cat' to merge the sections on the other computer suffice ? Is there a better way ?
Old 03-01-2004, 07:12 AM   #2
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'split' and 'cat' will work. Presumably there is no connection between the two computers, and no CD burner available - (otherwise, you wouldn't have asked, right?)

You can compress the file with gzip - but it's probably not worth bothering as at best, it might save you one trip back and forth.

Use 'md5sum' to re-assure yourself that everything was copied and reassembled faithfully - I once had to download a couple of Gb of data in 20Mb chunks. There was a mistake in one of them that 'ls -l' didn't show up but 'md5sum' did.

Old 03-01-2004, 10:03 AM   #3
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Split, cat it is then I shall be using md5sum for integrity checking but the file in question is an iso, which is presumably compressed already. Thanks John.


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