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    SubjectRe: 2.3.51
    Hi Daniel.

    >> I have to admit to having seen no discussion about this
    >> prior to this email. However, one obvious fix presents
    >> itself to my eyes: Insert "--max-lines=1000" between
    >> "xargs" and "rm" in the relevant command line(s).

    > Hmm... xargs -s <max rm command-line size> is probably more
    > portable, as --max-lines requires GNU xargs, which makes
    > building Linux on another platform a bit harder (i.e. when
    > 1st porting, or for Mastodon :-)

    > Yet another patch (should have looked at the xargs man page
    > before sending the previous patch. Oh well :-)

    Unfortunately, that patch also needs patching - the maximum
    command line length is one byte short of 128k if my understanding
    is correct, so that version has an off-by-one error. Just replace
    the 131072 with 131071 instead.

    However, one advantage is that it always guarantees that the
    command line won't exceed that length, and thus kills any chance
    of this problem recurring...

    > --- Makefile.old Sun Mar 12 13:12:42 2000
    > +++ Makefile Sun Mar 12 13:12:33 2000
    > @@ -437,7 +437,7 @@
    > clean: archclean
    > rm -f kernel/ksyms.lst include/linux/compile.h
    > - find . -name '*.[oas]' -type f -print | grep -v lxdialog/ | xargs rm -f
    > + find . -name '*.[oas]' -type f -print | grep -v lxdialog/ | xargs -s 131072 rm -f
    > rm -f core `find . -type f -name 'core' -print`
    > rm -f core `find . -type f -name '.*.flags' -print`
    > rm -f vmlinux

    Best wishes from Riley.

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