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Re: Bash monopolizing or eating the RAM MEMORY

From: Noilson Caio
Subject: Re: Bash monopolizing or eating the RAM MEMORY
Date: Mon, 20 Mar 2017 16:09:02 -0300

thank you

On Mon, Mar 20, 2017 at 4:03 PM, Greg Wooledge <address@hidden> wrote:
On Mon, Mar 20, 2017 at 03:54:37PM -0300, Noilson Caio wrote:
> thank you so much Mr. Wooledge. i guess that BUG is a strong word for this
> case. i fully agree about "his is not a bash bug.  It's a problem with your
> approach.", actuality that's my preoccupation.  can you help me to
> understand because 10^6 strings pull the trigger of "Argument list too
> long" and 10^7(n+1) don't ? i have afraid that a non-root user can
> compromise a linux box intentionally. the memory needs be eaten until other
> threshold can break it.

It's not a "compromise".  Any user on a computer can run a program that
uses (or tries to use) a bunch of memory.  You as the system admin can
set resource limits on the user's processes.  This is outside the scope
of the bug-bash mailing list (try a Linux sys admin list).

As far as "argument list too long", I believe you already posted a link
to Sven Mascheck's ARG_MAX web page.  This is the best explanation of
the concept and the details.  For those that may have missed it,
see http://www.in-ulm.de/~mascheck/various/argmax/

If you want to create 1 million (or 10 million) directories from a bash
script, you're going to have to call mkdir repeatedly.  If this is a
problem, then I suggest you rewrite in a langauge that can call mkdir()
as a function without forking a whole process to do so.  Pretty much
every language that isn't a shell should allow this.  Pick your favorite.


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