PATCH: egcs_update problem

Jeffrey A Law
Tue Jan 19 16:19:00 GMT 1999

  In message <
>you write:
  > On Wed, 13 Jan 1999, Mark Mitchell wrote:
  > > With the first patch (the one that removes the use of xargs), the
  > > names of the files spill across my screen, but there is
  > > no error message:
  > The first patch served to check where exactly the problem was, the
  > second was a fix candidate.
  > > So I think the second patch is the one that cures the problem.
  > Yup. I have checked in the patch below which has been tested on
  > sgi-irix-6.5, sparc-sun-solaris2.6 and i386-unknown-freebsd2.2.7.
  > Let's hope this does not introduce problems on other platforms.
  > 1999-01-19  Gerald Pfeifer  <>
  > 	* egcs_update: Do not use xargs, but a backquote construct.
It has been my experience that xargs has been more reliable than backquotes
or other expansions.

In fact, the whole point of xargs is to get around argument length limitations.

I'd recommend xargs.  If a system is failing, that system's xargs is
badly broken.


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