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

Ralph Angenendt ra+centos at br-online.de
Fri Oct 17 10:53:44 UTC 2008

Jussi Hirvi wrote:
> Lawrence Guirre (lawrence.guirre at gmail.com) kirjoitteli (17.10.2008 12:55):
> > 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. 

Than he doesn't have as many files in the directory as you have:

#define ARG_MAX       131072    /* # bytes of args + environ for exec() */

That's from /usr/include/linux/limits.h.
Also see <http://partmaps.org/era/unix/arg-max.html>

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