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

Les Mikesell lesmikesell at gmail.com
Fri Oct 17 12:47:42 UTC 2008

Jeremy Sanders wrote:

>>> 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.
> This limitation has been removed from more recent kernels.
> http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/torvalds/linux-2.6.git;a=commit;h=b6a2fea39318e43fee84fa7b0b90d68bed92d2ba
> http://www.gnu.org/software/coreutils/faq/#Argument-list-too-long

It is probably still best not to expect the ability to build infinitely 
long command lines.   You can hit some other limit eventually.

   Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at gmail.com

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