Argument list too long - help

Chris Jones christopher.rob.jones at
Wed Jun 10 19:00:46 UTC 2009

On 10 Jun 2009, at 7:48pm, Carl Friis-Hansen wrote:

> I just discovered that ZoneManager has stored some 87000 png files  
> in a
> directory.  I have no use of them and wanted to remove them.
> That turned out not to be so strait forward:
> carl at cjfh3:~$ rm Webcam_Pictures/*.png
> bash: /bin/rm: Argument list too long
> carl at cjfh3:~$
> How do I best come around this issue ?

many ways

  > cd ~/Webcam_Pictures
  > ls *.png | xargs rm

is one.


p.s. see 'man xargs' for details on the above

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