Globbing (was Re: HAMMER update 10-Feb-2008)

Dave Hayes dave at
Mon Feb 11 10:59:05 PST 2008

Simon Schubert <Simon> writes:
> I don't see ANY reason why to increase it.  There is simply NO POINT in
> doing so.  It will ALWAYS be a limit.  Limit keeps being limit, thus no
> change in limit necessary, as it doesn't change the situation.  QED.

Our current filesystem size limit (UFS) is around 1TB. 

I think this is a pretty decent counterexample here. Limits that we can
change cease to become limits that impede our progress. 

Granted, "echo * | xargs" is easier on the argument buffer. Personally,
since I use MH for my mail, I'd rather do "grep foo *" than "echo * |
grep foo" on the folder containing spam to fish out what I'm looking
for. (If you don't know MH, it's rather ancient and has mailboxes that
store mail messages in one file per email message. This is awesome for
testing filesystem performance and sucks for high volume email).

Why not, in fine UNIX tradition, make a sysctl tunable for 
the argument space, and make the default what we have now? 
Dave Hayes - Consultant - Altadena CA, USA - dave at 
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