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Re^4: UNIX command - remove 0 byte file

by mhacker (Sexton)
on Sep 23, 2005 at 12:55 UTC ( #494510=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^3: UNIX command - remove 0 byte file
in thread UNIX command - remove 0 byte file

Actually, xargs is supposed to handle that. It will break the command line when it gets too long (1024 words, I think) and run the command again.

But the most annoying thing with xargs is that it doesn't handle spaces or other special characters well:

server:~> ls a file server:~> ls | xargs rm a: No such file or directory file: No such file or directory
You're forced to do tricks with sed (or perl -e) to get this to work.

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Re^5: UNIX command - remove 0 byte file
by YuckFoo (Abbot) on Sep 23, 2005 at 17:28 UTC
    GNU xargs offers -i to deal with spaces.

    ls | xargs -i ls
    XargFoo

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