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Re: Argument List too Long



This is right from the man pages...

basically it takes stdout and you pipe to stdin ... but it basically handles
each argument one at a time instead of in a batch.


find /tmp -name core -type f -print | xargs /bin/rm -f

       Find files named core in or below the directory /tmp and delete
them.  Note that this will work incorrectly if there are any filenames
containing newlines or spaces.

       find /tmp -name core -type f -print0 | xargs -0 /bin/rm -f

       Find  files  named  core in or below the directory /tmp and delete
them, processing filenames in such a way that file or directory names
containing spaces or newlines are
       correctly handled.

       find /tmp -depth -name core -type f -delete

       Find files named core in or below the directory /tmp and delete them,
but more efficiently than in the previous example (because we avoid the need
to use fork(2) and  ex-
       ec(2) to launch rm and we don’t need the extra xargs process).


On Wed, Jun 2, 2010 at 5:39 AM, vipin sagar <sagar vipin gmail com> wrote:

> Hi,
>
> I had a same message[Argument List too Long] on AiX while deleting[rm] a
> bunch of log files start with Y_0*
> And to remove those in one shot I snipped the following.
>
> sagar > find <DIR> -type f -name "Y_0*" -exec rm -f {} \;
>
> This worked for me and still follows the rule 15 * * * * .
>
> Hope that shed some lights for you.
>
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>
> On Sun, May 30, 2010 at 9:04 AM, Geofrey Rainey
> <Geofrey Rainey tvnz co nz>wrote:
>
> > Hi,
> >
> > I'm not the original poster but am interested in this thread and in
> > particular the "xargs" command. I'm not familiar with it, what is it and
> > how does one use it?
> >
> > thanks.
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: redhat-list-bounces redhat com
> > [mailto:redhat-list-bounces redhat com] On Behalf Of Cliff
> > Sent: Sunday, 30 May 2010 2:41 p.m.
> > To: General Red Hat Linux discussion list
> > Subject: Re: Argument List too Long
> >
> > Why not just use xargs?
> >
> > Sent from my iPhone
> >
> > On May 29, 2010, at 9:42 PM, "Carl T. Miller" <carl carltm com> wrote:
> >
> > > Sanjay Chakraborty wrote:
> > >> I have a script and that run every month, In the script it has a mv
> > >> command and that moves about 35000 files from one directory to other
> > >> directory. In one system it is working but in other system I am
> > >> getting "Argument List too Long" error message.
> > >>
> > >> mv* ../$directory2/ cannot work.
> > >
> > > Try this:
> > >
> > > ls | while read file; do mv "$file" ../$directory2; done
> > >
> > > c
> > >
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