[php-maint] Bug#461755: Bug#461755: Bug#461755: /etc/cron.d/php5: /etc/cron.d/php5 fails with too many sessions

Steve Langasek vorlon at debian.org
Sun Jan 27 17:54:38 UTC 2008

On Sun, Jan 27, 2008 at 11:27:37AM +0100, sean finney wrote:
> On Thursday 24 January 2008 11:50:55 pm Steve Langasek wrote:
> > On Sun, Jan 20, 2008 at 03:17:35PM +0000, River Tarnell wrote:

> > > 	xargs: rm: Argument list too long
> > >

> > The only way you could get this error message is if the combined number of
> > bytes in the environment and argument list exceeded the kernel maximum. 
> > Per the xargs manpage, by default the arguments are batched in groups of
> > 131072 bytes.  Do you have an extraordinarily large number of environment
> > variables?  If so, we might be able to fix this bug by using 'env';
> > otherwise, I can't see any way that this bug would occur with a normal
> > kernel.

> why not just throw a "-n 200" or something similar to xargs?

Sounds reasonable to me, though it does seem to be a workaround for a bug

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