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Re: Bug: Wildcard problem with large number of files

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On Tue, 9 Dec 2003, Todd Flinders wrote:

> I have a directory with a large number of files.  Using wildcards to
> look at the data in this directory causes me problems when using Cygwin.
> This happens with several utilities such as ls, grep, cat, and more.  As
> an example I will use ls.
> ls by itself (no wildcard) works fine, and I'll spare you the huge output.
> flindet@HQHDC-75VLR01 ~/IDNC data$ ls -l|wc -l
> ls -l|wc -l
>    2495
> flindet@HQHDC-75VLR01 ~/IDNC data$ ls *
> ls *
> bash: /usr/bin/ls: Invalid argument

> I believe this is a bug either in bash or in Cygwin because this works
> fine with bash 2.03 on Solaris 8.  Sadly, I don't have a GNU/Linux box
> handy for testing.
Nope, neither.  A system limit.

> bash-2.03$ bash -version
> GNU bash, version 2.03.0(1)-release (sparc-sun-solaris)
> Copyright 1998 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
> bash-2.03$ ls -l|wc -l
>     2495
> bash-2.03$ ls
> [Outrageously long list of filenames here]
I think you meant "ls *" here?

Brian Ford
Senior Realtime Software Engineer
VITAL - Visual Simulation Systems
FlightSafety International
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