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bug#7036: ls, mv, etc on LINUX

From: Eric Blake
Subject: bug#7036: ls, mv, etc on LINUX
Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2010 10:50:38 -0600
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On 09/15/2010 09:02 AM, Elisabet Wahlgren wrote:

Hi Guys,

Greatly surprised (and not very happy) that my attempts to list or move files satisfying 
a file name pattern (like ls *.tgz for example)  fail miserably on my linux machine, when 
the number of files satisfying the pattern is large. Error message example: 
"/bin/mv: Argument list too long". Is this a bug or a feature, would you know?

Feature of your OS, and a FAQ:

I used to work with a Unix version (Solaris) quite a number of years (decades) 
and cannot remember having seen this limitation before.

Solaris has the same problem - it's just that you never presented it with enough data to reach the limit.

Eric Blake   address@hidden    +1-801-349-2682
Libvirt virtualization library http://libvirt.org

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