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Old 05-10-2005, 07:18 AM   #1
Registered: Jul 2004
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argument list to long for linux commands

hi everybody,

i have the following problem:

i got a directory containing many thousand files, some of them ending with *.dssp, some others ending with *.ent.
what i want to do now is to delete all files ending with *.dssp but if i execute the command:

>> rm -f *.dssp

i get the error message

>> argument list too long

what can i do to solve this? do i have to set some internal variable to a higher value?

thx in advance.........
Old 05-10-2005, 08:36 AM   #2
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found the solution on my own:

find . -name ' *.dssp' -exec rm {} \;


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