'rm' Can not delete files

CyberLeo Kitsana cyberleo at cyberleo.net
Wed Feb 8 18:37:02 UTC 2012

On 02/08/2012 12:02 PM, David Brodbeck wrote:
> 2012/2/7 Ingo Hofmann <ingo.hofmann at dont-panic.org>:
>> What helps me sometimes is wrapping it up:
>> for i in *; do rm $i; done
> Won't that just expand the * and result in the same problem?  It seems
> like you've just moved the problem from the rm statement to the for
> statement.

This error arises during exec(3) when the length of the program
arguments exceeds a certain size. Since 'for' is a shell builtin, there
is no such practical limitation thereupon.

See the ERRORS section in execve(2), specifically [E2BIG], for more details.

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