This Solaris Flash enhancement enables a user to create an archive that includes large files. The flarcreate command creates a Solaris Flash archive that can contain individual files of 4 Gbytes or more. The available archive utilities are as follows:
The cpio archive utility is the default. Individual files cannot be larger than 2 or 4 Gbytes The size limitation depends on the version of cpio used.
The portable archive interchange utility, pax, is started with the -L pax option. If the -L pax option is specified, the archive can be created without size limitations on individual files. The pax utility was included in the Solaris 7 OS release. The Solaris Flash archives created by using the pax utility can only be deployed on a Solaris OS with a pax utility. When a user deploys the archive on systems that are running the Solaris 2.6 or earlier versions, the user must use the cpio option.
For more information, see the pax(1) and the cpio(1) man pages. See also the Solaris 10 Installation Guide: Solaris Flash Archives (Creation and Installation).