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# 1  
Old 07-27-2001
arg list too long

I do ls -l ABC*, I get arg list too long message. This will not happen if ABC* has small no of files I believe 4000 files is limit. Any way of avoiding this.

I even tried like this

for i in `ls -l ABC*`
echo $i

Same problem.

Any solution would be great.

I am on HP-UX 10.20

Thanks in advance

# 2  
Old 07-30-2001
find . -name ABC\*
# 3  
Old 07-30-2001
re arg list too long

I am sorry if I was not clear ls -l * will work but if we do ls -l ABC* where file names like (ABC1, ABC2, ABC3 .... ABC4000 and ABC is not a directory) does not work.

find . -name ABC/* is not the desired as it works to show all files under ABC directory but we need to get files ABC*, if we use

find . -name ABC* it gives same problem as ls -l ABC*.

PXT however thanks for your reply.

Any solution would be great and thanks in advance for help.
# 4  
Old 07-30-2001
Re: re arg list too long

Originally posted by vingupta

find . -name ABC/* is not the desired as it works to show all files under ABC directory but we need to get files ABC*,
Use "find . -name ABC\*" instead. The star is escaped this way, so the shell never sees it (the shell is where your error message is coming from).

# 5  
Old 08-01-2001
You could also use grep with ls to get the file list you want:

ls -l | grep 'ABC'
# 6  
Old 08-03-2001
i got few stupid ways to solve this problem.

let's say if u a files like:

if for the amount of files is more than 4000

u can specify what file you want to count or list
eg. ls ABC20010801* |more

maybe this is work also
list all the files in the directory
eg. ll -ltr |more

if only want to count the files in the dir, i think this is work also
eg. ls |wc -l


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