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Re: Problem with cp (copy)

From: David T-G
Subject: Re: Problem with cp (copy)
Date: Wed, 22 Jan 2003 09:48:03 -0500
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Alfred --

...and then Alfred M. Szmidt said...
% Please read the Coreutils FAQ, it describes your problem in detail [1].
% Argument list too long

There's a very interesting wrinkle here, though...  As he has posted, he
actually has fewer files in the .05 directory than he has in the .01

Oh, wait -- Phil, are all fo the files in these dirs of a standard name
format, or could they be anything?  More precisely, have [any of] the
files in .05 longer names than in, say, .01?

  echo 01.01.01/* | wc -c
  echo 01.02.01/* | wc -c
  echo 01.03.01/* | wc -c
  echo 01.04.01/* | wc -c
  echo 01.05.01/* | wc -c

There is the "too many things" kind of 'too long' and there's the "too
many characters" kind of 'too long'; you may be hitting the *second* one
rather than the first.


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