FAQ 5.15 Why do I sometimes get an "Argument list too long" when I use <*>?



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5.15: Why do I sometimes get an "Argument list too long" when I use <*>?

The "<>" operator performs a globbing operation (see above). In Perl
versions earlier than v5.6.0, the internal glob() operator forks csh(1)
to do the actual glob expansion, but csh can't handle more than 127
items and so gives the error message "Argument list too long". People
who installed tcsh as csh won't have this problem, but their users may
be surprised by it.

To get around this, either upgrade to Perl v5.6.0 or later, do the glob
yourself with readdir() and patterns, or use a module like File::KGlob,
one that doesn't use the shell to do globbing.



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