Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 180896
xargs fails with large environment
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:07:09 EST
Description of problem:
If the environment is very large, xargs fails immediately on startup.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1.Run the attached script
Output of "xargs: environment is too large for exec" and exit status 1.
No output and exit status 0.
This problem is fixed in later upstreams version. The version in RHEL 4 (rpm -q
-f `which xargs`) is also not affected. But RHEL 3 does fail.
Created attachment 124486 [details]
Script triggering the bug
Sorry about the silly reference to RHEL 4 findutils in comment 0. It should say
findutils-4.1.20-7, of course.
Thanks for your report. This is already tracked for RHEL 3, although probably
not easy to find.
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 135129 ***
So it was the same! I searched and found that one, but I was not sure it was
the same problem. I wasn't sure if ARG_MAX was just for arguments, or actually
included the environment. And the error message I saw wasn't mentioned there.
But if it indeed is about the same thing, than fine! :-)