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    SubjectRe: File Limit in Kernel?
    On Tue, Nov 12, 2002 at 11:01:49AM -0500, Kent Borg wrote:
    > On Tue, Nov 12, 2002 at 10:38:55AM -0500, Adam Voigt wrote:
    > > I have a directory with 39,000 files in it, and I'm trying to use the cp
    > > command to copy them into another directory,
    > > [...]
    > > "argument list too long"
    > No, it is not a kernel limit, it is a limit to your shell (bash, for
    > example). Look at xargs to get around it.

    From "man execve":

    E2BIG The argument list is too big.

    From "man sysconf":

    _SC_ARG_MAX
    The maximum length of the arguments to the exec()
    family of functions; the corresponding macro is
    ARG_MAX.

    On my RedHat 8.0 box:

    $ getconf ARG_MAX
    131072

    It is definately a kernel limitation, although as other people have
    pointed out, there are common userspace solutions to the problem.

    mark

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