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bash: /bin/rm: Argument list too long

Yesterday I was trying to delete rather a lot of files from a server that had been used as a spam relay.

There were a total of 2.2 million files in the /var/spool/mqueue folder (and another 2 million in the /var/spool/clientmqueue folder!).

If you try to delete this many files from a folder using …

rm -f *

… you get get the following error

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Dell/MediaDirect wiped my data!

I’ve used Dell laptops for a while and when I was looking for a new one about a month ago I was interested in a Dell Vostro as I’d read good things. One of the good things I’d read was that you could order it without all the crapware that comes installed on most machines these days.

So I brought a Vostro 1400 and was pretty pleased with it. One of the first things I did was *wipe all the partitions* on the drive and set it up to dual boot between Windows Vista and Ubuntu – with a nice big partition to store my data. This could then be accessed from both Vista and Ubuntu – ideal.

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