Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 115498
scripts/mkdep: Argument list too long
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:10:36 EST
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Description of problem:
If one increases the number of files passed to mkdep when creating a
custom kernel, the use of find in shell backquotes results in
an argument list too long error:
/bin/sh: line 1: scripts/mkdep: Argument list too long
Solution: use xargs. I've attached a patch against 2166.
It includes the -r argument to xargs, which is technically
correct, but not supported on all platforms (e.g., Solaris).
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Add some files. (I added Netfilter p-o-m and a few other modules.)
2, Build the kernel.
Actual Results: /bin/sh: line 1: scripts/mkdep: Argument list too long
Created attachment 97636 [details]
Patch to fix argument list too long error.
Having run into this problem on numerous occasions and just recently
causing me a major headache I did some searching.
There seems to be an argument limit is the kernel that prevents
passing to many files names to various functions. There are many work
arounds that sometimes work but many times don't.
This is going to increase the number of headaches for many users as
more and more users are starting to process a larger number of files.
This needs to be fixed.
If you have alot of files to mv, rm or process, you run into a limit.
In the case of rm or mv, it is possible to put wildcards into the
command to limit the number of files being processed at one time.
Other applications don't work as well.
I ran into this problem with PAN and a mpg file I was trying to
download. The file had 1510 attachments that needed to be ydecoded
and pan would just stop processing the file. I saved the text files
for each attachment and then procedded to process the files by typing
in ydecode * and received the "Argument list too long" message.
I searched the net and found that there is a change to the kernel that
can fix this problem but you have to re-compile the kernel. I don't
want to do this on all my machines. It may be a good idea to increase
this argument on all future kernels.
I am using FC1 and will update to FC3 when it is out. I hope that
this is fixed then.
Suggested enhancement as well as a major headache.
I ran into this on stock 2.6.8 for arm, so it really needs fixing.
Probably with xargs, though I haven't looked at it...
Err, it was stock 2.4.26 I ran into this on.
And I didn't see the patch attached to the previous comment;
I'll try that out now.
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