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    SubjectRe: Argument list too long: out of environment space
    On Thu, 2 Mar 2000, Stuart Inglis wrote:

    > Hi all,
    >
    > I have 9600 files in a directory and have troubles processing them. I
    > thought it was a bash problem but Chet Ramey kindly informed me that
    > it's a Linux kernel limitation.
    >
    > bash-2.03$ cd tttt/
    > bash-2.03$ echo * | wc
    > 1 9569 279676
    > bash-2.03$ getconf ARG_MAX
    > 131072
    > bash-2.03$ grep hello *
    > bash: /bin/grep: Argument list too long
    > bash-2.03$ sort *
    > bash: /bin/sort: Argument list too long
    > bash-2.03$
    >
    > Why is this limit so small? There are only 9600 files taking a total of
    > less than 300k to specify all of the names. The machine has 100's of Mb
    > of RAM. Is it easy to change/fix?
    >
    > cheers
    > Stuart

    It's the length of the command line. What you are doing when you expand
    the wildcards is to put every filename on the command-line. I don't
    think this is what you want to do. If it is what you want to do, then
    well,... I don't think anybody can help.

    Cheers,
    Dick Johnson

    Penguin : Linux version 2.3.41 on an i686 machine (800.63 BogoMips).


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