rsync more than 131072 files on linux

Eberhard Moenkeberg emoenke at
Sat Jan 26 00:55:07 GMT 2008


On Fri, 25 Jan 2008, Sylvain Gargasson wrote:

> Thanks for my RAM problem, it's OK now, Dell share me 32GB of RAM.
> But now when I try on my showroom with a lot of files in one directory I 
> have this error:
> sho-lnx-001:~ # rsync -av --progress --stats /mnt/source/* /mnt/destination/
> -bash: /usr/bin/rsync: Argument list too long

It is just a bash isssue.
You can say

rsync -av --progress --stats /mnt/source/ /mnt/destination/

just as well, avoiding this limitation.

Viele Grüße
Eberhard Mönkeberg (emoenke at, em at

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