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Re: [opensuse] /bin/rm: Argument list too long
  • From: Per Jessen <per@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 27 Mar 2008 17:33:08 +0100
  • Message-id: <fsgi84$n00$2@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Carlos E. R. wrote:

By doing this, xargs essentially "batches up" maximal (w.r.t. the
argument size limit) sets of file names and invokes rm only as many
times as necessary.

Randall, that has got to be one of the coolest pieces of advice I've
seen here. "man xargs" doesn't even mention it.

huh? It's what xargs does. It's the basic functionality of the

But the thing is, the xarg's man page does not clearly say that it
joins arguments up to the size limit. There are hints that concurs
with that fact, but it is not clearly stated :-)

Exactly - in particular, the '-0' argument doesn't say anything about
matching any size limit.

/Per Jessen, Z├╝rich

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