Linux -bash: /bin/rm: Argument list too long


When Anydisk or mount point is full in linux, you need to delete files. You can get ” -bash: /bin/rm: Argument list too long ” error during



You want to delete all audit files which are .aud extension like following.

[root@MehmetSalih audit]# rm -rf *aud
-bash: /bin/rm: Argument list too long


But you got ” -bash: /bin/rm: Argument list too long ” error, to solve this problem you can use following command.


[root@MehmetSalih audit]#  find . -name "*aud" -print | xargs rm -rf



You can change *aud extension to the *trc or *trm. You can delete all trc extension files like following if their argument list too long.

[root@MehmetSalih audit]#  find . -name "*trc" -print | xargs rm -rf


[root@MehmetSalih audit]#  find . -name "*trm" -print | xargs rm -rf

[root@MehmetSalih audit]#  find . -name "*.log" -print | xargs rm -rf

Mehmet Salih Deveci

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One thought on “Linux -bash: /bin/rm: Argument list too long

  • June 23, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    You say you are trying to remove “files” but the -r option will also remove the ./not_aud/ directory and all its contents. That might not be what some users want.

    Also note that if you have a file:


    And you run:

    % rm -rf *aud

    the file will NOT be removed, but if you run:

    % find . -name “*aud” -print | xargs rm -rf

    the file WILL be removed!


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