[Bug 273196] xargs(1) fails for a command line shorter than 200 chars: xargs: command line cannot be assembled, too long

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Date: Fri, 18 Aug 2023 07:06:09 UTC

--- Comment #4 from Andrew "RhodiumToad" Gierth <andrew@tao11.riddles.org.uk> ---
(In reply to Yuri Victorovich from comment #3)

I concur that the limit is silly and should be removed.

What the spec currently requires is that _if_ there is a limit, it must be at
least 255 bytes. However, a former version of the spec specified the 255
character limit:

v5 (1997) and v6 (2004): "Constructed arguments cannot grow larger than 255

v7 (2008): "Each of these constructed arguments cannot grow larger than an
implementation-defined limit greater than or equal to 255 bytes."

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