Moving Only Sub-Directories?

Tim Chase blinux.list at
Wed May 5 14:20:36 UTC 2010

On 05/05/2010 09:00 AM, Lee Maschmeyer wrote:
>>> for i in *;do
>> I thought about this, but the OP described having large quantities of files
>> &  directories -- I've hit a shell-expansion limit on "*" before
> Interesting. Do you know more or less what it was?

It's an OS-imposed limit rather than a shell-imposed limit.  On 
my Linux box (Debian Testing), I can run "getconf ARG_MAX" at the 
command line and it returns 2097152, so my shell expansion (the 
"*") can't exceed about 2 megs of text.  It's a high limit, but 
I've used Linux boxes where this limit was much smaller (down 
near 128k) which is much easier to hit.  So I just default to 
using the "find" method so I don't have to think about it.

Yes, 2 megs of merely file-name listing is a HUGE directory (grins)


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