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Re: ls: "Argument list too long"

From: James Youngman
Subject: Re: ls: "Argument list too long"
Date: Sat, 19 Feb 2005 15:31:10 +0000
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On Sat, Feb 19, 2005 at 04:38:06AM -0500, James K Beard wrote:
> Gnu:  ls won't run if you have too many files in a directory.  Apparently 
> there is a fixed buffer for sorting and such that will allow only so many 
> characters in the total pathnames seen.  Better to ask for more memory or 
> shell to another way when buffer overflow occurs so that command does not 
> fail.

This is not a bug in ls, coreutils, or your shell.  This is a
Frequently Asked Question, and the coreutils FAQ document explains
what's happening.  Take a look at

(I found this document by searching Google for "coreutils argument
list too long").


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