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SubjectRe: Changing argv[0] under Linux.
On Tue, Jan 14, 2003 at 03:28:23PM -0500, Richard B. Johnson wrote:
> On Tue, 14 Jan 2003, Mark Mielke wrote:
> > On Tue, Jan 14, 2003 at 02:56:35PM -0500, Richard B. Johnson wrote:
> > > Well I just grepped through usr/include/bits/posix1_lim.h and it
> > > shows 255 (with this 'C' library) so you are probably right.
> > > In any event, a "whole line of text" isn't going to overrun it.
> > Looking at the code, it looks to me as if argv[0] can be any size up to
> > _SC_ARG_MAX, with the restraining factor being that the environment
> > variables and the other arguments must fit in the same space.
> > Is this not correct?
> Don't think so. In my headers _SC_ARG_MAX is an enumerated type
> that is numerically equal to 0. It's in confname.h, the first
> element in the enumerated list.

_SC_ARG_MAX is one of the identifiers that are used with sysconf() to
lookup a system-wide configuration value:

$ perl -MPOSIX -e 'print sysconf(_SC_ARG_MAX), "\n"'
131072

The environment size for a program invoked using exec() can be up to
131072 bytes long (my configuration). This environment holds the
command arguments as well as the environment.

On my system, _SC_ARG_MAX is telling me that it is possible to have
argv[0] be just under 131072 bytes long.

mark

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