[ubuntu-za] Adding *

Bruce Pieterse dev at santura.co.za
Sat Dec 21 07:59:56 UTC 2019


Hi Charl,
Instead of repeating the information, you can take a look at this to
understand what's going on: 
https://www.cyberciti.biz/faq/argument-list-too-long-error-solution/
Using find and piping to xargs to remove these files is normally how
you get around the 'Argument list too long' error.
I hope that helps.
On Fri, 2019-12-20 at 12:03 +0200, Charl Wentzel wrote:
>     Hi Guys
> 
>       
> 
>       I'm trying to clean out the PHP sessions in my
>       /var/lib/php/sessions folder on an Amazon Ubuntu VM and got a
>       weird issue.
> 
>       
> 
>       I tried to remove the file the normal way and got this:
> 
>     
>     
> > $> sudo rm
> >           /var/lib/php/sessions/*
> > 
> >       rm: cannot remove '/var/lib/php/sessions/*':
> >           No such file or directory
> > 
> >     
> 
>     
> 
>       After some playing around, I found this:
> 
>     
>     
> > $> sudo ls -al
> >           /var/lib/php/sessions/*
> > 
> >       ls: cannot access '/var/lib/php/sessions/*':
> >           No such file or directory
> > 
> >     
> 
>     
> 
>       but:
> 
>     
>     
> > $> sudo ls -al
> >           /var/lib/php/sessions
> > 
> >       total 44208
> > 
> >       drwx-wx-wt 2 root     root     36081664 Dec 20
> >           09:38 .
> > 
> >       drwxr-xr-x 4 root     root         4096 Apr 
> >           1  2019 ..
> > 
> >       -rw------- 1 www-data www-data       34 Dec 19
> >           15:43 ci_session0029m1175gakqtu2ibmhg3kjpj
> > 
> >       -rw------- 1 www-data www-data       34 Dec 19
> >           18:25 ci_session00sof6339dlkhe4alsq03j6fc6
> > 
> >       -rw------- 1 www-data www-data       34 Dec 19
> >           14:28 ci_session01mti7bhkieu92or884dq8rl1e
> > 
> >       -rw------- 1 www-data www-data       34 Dec 19
> >           19:35 ci_session0222hqf704b3gf9glgjms5l2cj
> > 
> >       -rw------- 1 www-data www-data       34 Dec 19
> >           19:15 ci_session022p1905a122h3rab24b306kuc
> > 
> >       -rw------- 1 www-data www-data       34 Dec 19
> >           16:15 ci_session03ccgr9c9ilpka4g0b0jlc5c6p
> > 
> >       -rw------- 1 www-data www-data       34 Dec 19
> >           16:21 ci_session04d66bc2jva5ngmf9vjjn99l79
> > 
> >       ...
> > 
> >     
> 
>     
> 
>       Why does adding "*" fail here?  When I do it my own laptop, it
>       works, but on the VM it fails.
> 
>       - I initially thought it was the file permissions and
> ownership,
>       but it's the same in both cases.
> 
>       - I looked at * expansion (eg. "~/" vs. ~/, where ~ is not
>       expanded in double quotes), but found nothing.
> 
>       
> 
>       The only clue I could found was when I switched to the root
> user
>       and tried it again:
> 
>     
>     
> > $ sudo -s
> > 
> >       $ sudo ls -al /var/lib/php/sessions/*
> > 
> >       sudo: unable to execute /bin/ls: Argument list
> >           too long
> > 
> >     
> 
>     
> 
>       Which could mean it is related to the number of files in the
>       folder, but it is hardly that much:
> 
>     
> > $sudo ls -al
> >             /var/lib/php/sessions | wc
> > 
> >       
> >                2242   20171  201633
> > 
> >     
> 
>     
> 
>       I would love to know if someone else has a clue.
> 
>       
> 
>       Regards
> 
>       Charl
> 
>     
>   
> 
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-za/attachments/20191221/c21ce9c0/attachment.html>


More information about the ubuntu-za mailing list