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Re: Argument list too long

From: Bob Proulx
Subject: Re: Argument list too long
Date: Mon, 11 Apr 2005 01:06:21 -0600
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.8i

Gerald Speers wrote:
> For years now I have had this problem.  Doing a grep inside a directory 
> that has a lot of files in it I get this error message.
> Argument list too long
> Is anyone ever going to fix this? or does it's old age make it a feature?

It is neither a bug nor a feature.  And it is not particular to grep.
It is an issue with kernels that use a fixed size argument buffer.

Please read this reference.  Look for "Argument list too long".



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