[CentOS] ls and rm: "argument list too long"

Geoff Galitz geoff at galitz.org
Fri Oct 17 10:48:16 UTC 2008

>> piping ls to xargs should do the trick. man xargs for details.

>Ok, thanks for ideas, Laurent and Lawrence.

>A strange limitation in ls and rm, though. My friend said he hasn't seen
>that in Fedora. 

Are you sure you are comparing apples to apples?  There is nothing
particularly Centos specific about this problem.  I've seen it on a variety
of *NIX systems over the years, though I presume some distributions or UNIX
variants may have upped the buffer size.

Here is an interesting blog post which illustrates how you can get into this
kind trouble:



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