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Re: xargs generates too long argument lists on i686



Eric Paris <eparis redhat com> wrote:
> On Mon, 2008-01-14 at 09:43 -0300, Horst H. von Brand wrote:
> > For some time now, each time I try to build an RPM it fails with something
> > like:
> > 
> >   + /usr/lib/rpm/check-rpaths /usr/lib/rpm/check-buildroot
> >     xargs: /usr/lib/rpm/check-rpaths-worker: Argument list too long
> >     error: Bad exit status from /var/tmp/rpm-tmp.39544 (%install)
> > 
> > This I have traced back to xargs(1) generating huge argument lists, which
> > the called command can't handle. Doing a "make clean" in a self-built
> > kernel gives the same type of grief (I tweaked the Makefile there to call
> > xargs with "-L 2000" to get it to work).
> > 
> > I wonder how everybody else here is able to get anything done...
> > 
> > findutils-4.2.31-2.fc8 on rawhide, fully up to date.
> 
> well, if you aren't doing execve syscall argument logging with the audit
> system feel free to up /proc/sys/kernel/audit_argv_kb.  If that fixes
> your troubles wait until 2.6.25 when my patch to finish unlimiting this
> stuff goes into kernel....

Yep, that fixes this. Thanks!

But isn't it supposed that xargs asks the kernel for the maximal size of
ARGV?
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