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Old 05-11-2008
rm & mv command failed due to too many files.

In our directory there are too many files, & if I try to execute mv *.gz or rm *.l command it fails, providing error string as - 'arg list too long'. This doesnt happen always, is there any way we know, limit on the rm & mv command so we can take care of this failure in future executions ?
# 2  
Old 05-11-2008
look into 'man xargs'
# 3  
Old 05-11-2008
Quote:
Originally Posted by videsh77
In our directory there are too many files, & if I try to execute mv *.gz or rm *.l command it fails, providing error string as - 'arg list too long'. This doesnt happen always, is there any way we know, limit on the rm & mv command so we can take care of this failure in future executions ?
Hey,

I have created 100 directories and deleted them using rm -r *.abc
It works.
I dont think there is some kind of limitations to remove directories.
TO REMOVE DIRECTORIES recursive "-r" is to be used when give rm command.

Otherwise please tell how many sub directories you have under the main directory, then i can simulate the situation and could give you some solutions.

Thanks.
VarunSmilie
# 4  
Old 05-12-2008
The problem is when the wildcard expands to a string which is larger than the buffer the kernel allocates for this. Like vgersh99 said, read man xargs or How long can the command line be?
# 5  
Old 05-13-2008
hope below command will solve the problem. It will run slow though...
find . -type f -exec rm -f {} \;
replace rm -f with the command you want to run.
# 6  
Old 05-15-2008
How to find ARG_MAX on the AIX ?
# 7  
Old 05-16-2008
The page I linked above has a script which works on some platforms. I'd appreciate if you could report back here.

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