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Dealing With "Argument list too long" Errors on Linux and Unix

Dec 02, 2008, 20:31 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mike Tremell)

[ Thanks to Mike Golvach for this link. ]

"It's probably happened to all of us at some point, but it's fairly simple to avoid, and in more than one way. I'm almost positive, even though I know this stuff, that I'll get that error message again at some point in the future. My mind is a terrible thing ;)

"The way I try to keep on top of avoiding that error (which, admittedly, isn't all that terrible, assuming its not a predicating factor in a script - like, you don't have any action is your script that might do something destructive if you don't check for errors) is a basic two-prong approach. First, I'll try to figure out what kind of limitations my system can stand. Secondly, I try to stick to some basic methods that guarantee I won't run into the issue no matter what my system's maximum argument length is. Of course, the second part obviates the first part, but I'm a curious guy (take that whatever way you want ;)"

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