Christopher Faylor
Mon Sep 19 14:37:00 GMT 2005

On Mon, Sep 19, 2005 at 10:31:01AM -0400, Christopher Faylor wrote:
>On Mon, Sep 12, 2005 at 10:09:55PM -0600, Eric Blake wrote:
>>Also, the argument brought up on the findutils mailing list was that
>>beyond a certain size, the cost of processing each argument starts to
>>outweigh the benefits of forking fewer tasks, to the point that the
>>difference between a 32k ARG_MAX vs.  a 1M ARG_MAX falls in the noise
>>when the same amount of data is divided by xargs to as few runs as
>>possible, so a 32k limit is not really penalizing cygwin apps.
>If this is really true, then the findutils configury should be
>attempting some kind of timing which finds that magic point where it
>should be ignoring _SC_ARG_MAX.  It shouldn't be vaguely assuming that
>it is in its best interests to ignore it because someone thinks that the
>cost of processing each argument outweighs the benefits of forking fewer


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