Limitations on a command line

David Collier from_busybox_maillist at dexdyne.com
Sun Jan 30 20:13:00 UTC 2011


In article <4D432CE0.9050304 at gmx.de>, ralda at gmx.de (Harald Becker) wrote:

> *From:* Harald Becker <ralda at gmx.de>
> *To:* from_busybox_maillist at dexdyne.com
> *CC:* busybox at busybox.net, jeredb at dexdyne.com
> *Date:* Fri, 28 Jan 2011 21:53:52 +0100
> 
>  Hallo David!
> 
> > I think I can tame this by suitable use of relative paths, but 
> > I'd still
> > be interested to know
> There is such a limit. Normal Unix shell has limits of 4 to16k ... 
> and I
> think busybox ash has limited this even further (got something like 
> 1k
> in my brain ... but don't know if this includes globbing). You 
> really
> need that xargs to do your job.
> 
> --
> Harald

eek that's pretty darned short on a box trying to archive log files for
500 parameters.

Guess I'd better read up on xargs quick :-)

TVM all

David 



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