Bug 215510 - argument list is too long
argument list is too long
Status: CLOSED NOTABUG
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: coreutils (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Tim Waugh
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Reported: 2006-11-14 08:54 EST by Tim Jowers
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:11 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2006-11-14 09:34:34 EST
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Description Tim Jowers 2006-11-14 08:54:52 EST
Description of problem:
cannot delete files

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
ls (GNU coreutils) 5.97

How reproducible:
every time

Steps to Reproduce:
1. [root@localhost phpBB2]# ls | grep sid=0 | wc -l
7394
[root@localhost phpBB2]# rm -fr *sid=0*
bash: /bin/rm: Argument list too long
2. Similar for ls *sid=0* | wc -l
3. Similar for rm *sid=0* 
  
Actual results:
Argument list too long

Expected results:
delete files

Additional info:
Work around is to delete smaller subsets. Takes longer.
Comment 1 Tim Waugh 2006-11-14 09:34:34 EST
Use xargs.

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