I have a file that is 12 GB that I am trying to copy from a MacBook Air to a Debian computer, using a USB. I tried formatting the USB in many different ways, such as NTFS, FAT32, OS X Journalizing but either the MacBook Air complained it couldn't copy such a large file, it only had read-only access, or when I formatted it from the MacBook, the Linux computer couldn't recognize the file system.

Is there a file system type recognized by both systems that can be used to transfer large files?

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    See askubuntu.com/q/332315/473234 – roaima Dec 26 '18 at 20:54
  • @MichaelHomer NTFS support is readonly on MacOS, although there are simple and cheap (or free) tools to provide read-write access. – peterh Dec 26 '18 at 21:20
  • hfs+ can handle large files, and it has write support by Linux.
  • Although MacOS has only readonly NTFS support, there are third-party tool for read-write operations with it.
  • You can use split to split a large file into smaller ones. You can later unsplit them with cat. To have a better command line than the MacOS gives you, you can use brew.
  • There is nothing what would avoid you to partition an usb drive, except that Windows won't see the extra partitions on hilarious reasons. However, fortunately your current setup ignores the windows trouble.
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    exfat-fuse should be viable in that direction too. – Michael Homer Dec 26 '18 at 21:23
  • +1 for split-cat combo – Ritajit Kundu Dec 27 '18 at 3:55

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