there are times when we tar and gzip a directory and the final tarball is just too damn big. maybe it doesn’t fit on any of those old thumbdrives we got at the 7-eleven, or maybe we’re trying to upload it to s3 and aws is complaining it’s too large.

let’s take a look at a quick and dirty way to split our tarballs into a bunch of smaller files of a set size.

we’ll go over creating the segmented tarballs first and then cover how to put them back together into something usable.