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Friday, January 14, 2011

-bash: /bin/rm: Argument list too long

This is a common error while trying to delete files from directory in the LINUX OS.


[oracle@xxxora bdump]$ rm -rf *.trc
-bash: /bin/rm: Argument list too long

Error
-bash: /bin/rm: Argument list too long


Solution
Use the find and xargs commands to remove the existing files


[oracle@xxxora bdump]$ find . -name 'orcl*.trc' | xargs rm
[oracle@xxxora bdump]$ dir
alert_orcl.log
[oracle@xxxora bdump]$