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Re: mv fails with "Too many open files" when moving _many_ files

From: Jim Meyering
Subject: Re: mv fails with "Too many open files" when moving _many_ files
Date: Mon, 18 Oct 2004 13:38:07 +0200

Cyril Bouthors <address@hidden> wrote:
> Please also note that mv does not fail when "too many open files"
> messages occur, it just keep on warning for each file (~9000 warnings
> in the initial example) and does not move anything.

True.  Neither mv nor rm exit immediately when they encounter
that error (which was due to the just-fixed bug).
That is by design.  It also happens to be the POSIX-specified
behavior.  If you're really concerned about this, you should
reorganize so that you don't have thousands of command line arguments.

> With this fix,
> this message shouldn't happen again but maybe it means that mv does
> not properly check the files and directories it opens.

You should study the code and the patch carefully
before making such baseless statements.

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