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Use find to get around Argument list too long problem

Terminal - Use find to get around Argument list too long problem
find . -name 'junkfiles-*' -print0 | xargs -0 rm
2009-03-26 15:38:42
User: kancer
Functions: find xargs
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Use find to get around Argument list too long problem

Can be used for other commands as well, replace rm with ls.

It is easy to make this shorter but if the filenames involved have spaces, you will need to do use find's "-print0" option in conjunction with xargs's "-0" option. Otherwise the shell that xargs uses to execute the "rm" command line will treat the space as a token separator, thereby treating the name as two (or more) names.

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Alternately:

find bar/ -type f -exec grep foo {} \;
Comment by mojodna 326 weeks and 4 days ago

I'd prefer the -delete switch:

find . -name 'junkfiles-*' -delete
Comment by snd 101 weeks ago

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