Kristian Erik Hermansen on 19 Feb 2008 19:35:59 -0800

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Re: [PLUG] Date a Debian package was installed

On Feb 19, 2008 7:17 PM, David A. Harding <> wrote:
>         3. GNU ls supports a maximum of 23,587 arguments[1]. I've never
>            seen a Debian style system with more than about 2,500
>            packages installed, but recent versions of Debian and
>            Ubuntu include more than 24,000 packages, and it's possible
>            (but unlikely) one system could have more than 23,587 dpkg
>            .list files.
>                 [1] harda@callisto:~$ ls {1..23587} 2>&1 | head -n3
>                     ls: 1: No such file or directory
>                     ls: 2: No such file or directory
>                     ls: 3: No such file or directory
>                     harda@callisto:~$ ls {1..23588}
>                     bash: /bin/ls: Argument list too long

Too many arguments!?!  So what!!  Isn't that what xargs is for :-)
Kristian Erik Hermansen
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