Could ARG_MAX be increased?
Garance A Drosihn
drosih at rpi.edu
Thu Sep 23 11:28:06 PDT 2004
At 4:54 PM +0300 9/23/04, Putinas Piliponis wrote:
>>how about grep -r ou find | xargs grep !
>but this is workaround - isn't it ?
No, that is the solution which will work for any number of files,
on any Unix-based system. No matter what we increase MAX_ARGS to,
it still be possible that some users will have a good reason to
need to process even more args.
The `find' command takes a little time to get comfortable with,
but it is a very useful utility program for some situations. I
have hit the limits in Solaris, for instance, and one of the
earlier messages claimed that Sun uses a value of 1meg for MAX_ARGS.
I have nothing against the idea of increasing the value of MAX_ARGS,
as long as people realize that increasing it will not solve the issue
for all situations.
Garance Alistair Drosehn = gad at gilead.netel.rpi.edu
Senior Systems Programmer or gad at freebsd.org
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute or drosih at rpi.edu
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