Posts Tagged "rm"

There may come a time where you try to run a command on many files in a folder and you’ll get this annoying message similar to this:

-bash: //bin/chown: Argument list too long

The reason for this annoyance is that Linux kernel has a limitation of bytes it can process through as arguments in exec() commands. Try:

[root@x folder]# egrep ARG_MAX /usr/include/linux/limits.h
#define ARG_MAX 131072 /* # bytes of args + environ for exec() */

And you’ll see what I mean.

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