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LLE10128 : Posix error 7: Argument list too long


You get the error message: Argument list too long




In the bash shell, it can happen that you get an "Argument list too long" by using the rm command when the amount of

files you want to delete is to long. If you want to know how high your limit is you can find it with:

getconf ARG_MAX

On my system it delivers 131072.

In this case you can use xargs to do the job.

find -type f -print0 | xargs -0 rm

or you can use the find command at once (in this case for txt files)

find . -name "*.txt" -exec rm {} ;  

You can also use a for loop

for i in *.txt; do rm "$i"; done


ls * | xargs rm (this might not be what you want!)


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