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Re: Bug: Wildcard problem with large number of files

At 11:33 AM 12/9/2003, Todd Flinders you 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 ~$ bash -version
>bash -version
>GNU bash, version 2.05b.0(1)-release (i686-pc-cygwin)
>Copyright (C) 2002 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
>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.
>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 know this problem has existed for at least several weeks.  I apologize for just now reporting it.  If I might provide more information to help, please let me know.  Thank you.

Nope.  This isn't a bug.  It may be a FAQ but it's not a bug.  Every
system has a limit on line length.  See 'man xargs' for help getting around

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