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Re: "resubmit" when crowded /deferred

Matti Aarnio writes:
> On Tue, May 06, 2003 at 06:37:14PM +0400, Eugene Crosser wrote:
>>  Another smallish thing that I have in my bag is a cure for a trouble 
>>  that happens if your "deferred" directory becomes so crowded that 
>>  shell fails to expand "*". It happend several times here when the 
>>  server that provides getpwnam() information went down for some 
>>  time. After it happens, "resubmit" does not work anymore, forever.
>>  I tried to make my solution as portable as I could; if you have GNU 
>>  "mv" the same thing can be done more elegant through "xargs".
>   Knowing that  a)  it isn't speed critical,  b) we want generic portability:


Isn't speed critical is one thing. 250,000 separate invocations of 'mv' 
is quite another. Eugene's solution is hackish, but it should work on 
essentially all unixes and its worst-case behaviour is much better.

>   I did check upon  'xargs',  too, but it isn't that trivial...  hmm..
>   Or maybe:
>        find . -type f -print | xargs -i -n 99 mv '{}' ../router/

I'd be surprised if that was very portable...

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