Use find to get around Argument list too long problem

find . -name 'junkfiles-*' -print0 | xargs -0 rm
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.
Sample Output
$ grep foo bar/*
-bash: /usr/bin/grep: /bin/sh: bad interpreter: Argument list too long

By: kancer
2009-03-26 15:38:42

What Others Think

Alternately: find bar/ -type f -exec grep foo {} \;
mojodna · 691 weeks and 1 day ago
I'd prefer the -delete switch: find . -name 'junkfiles-*' -delete
snd · 465 weeks and 4 days ago
seofox · 30 weeks and 6 days ago

What do you think?

Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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