[aur-general] exec and argument list too long

arnaud gaboury arnaud.gaboury at gmail.com
Wed Mar 20 07:21:34 EDT 2013

Dear list,

I came to this issue when building android:

make: execvp: /bin/bash: Argument list too long

>From what I understand, the reason for this annoyance is that Linux kernel
has a limitation of bytes it can process through as arguments in exec()
This issue is quite new and arise with Kernel > 3.8.1. I am currently on
3.8.3-2 ARCH from testing.

I am a little bit confused in getting my current value.

[gabx at magnolia:~]$ egrep ARG_MAX /usr/include/linux/limits.h
#define ARG_MAX       131072    /* # bytes of args + environ for exec() */

[gax at magnolia:~]$ getconf ARG_MAX

As you can see, these two commands don't return the same number.

I couldn't find any clean and working workaround to bypass this limit when
building. Can I pass any extra argument when invoking make at build time?
The only good workaround would be to build the Linux Kernel and change the
ARG_MAX variable to a larger size, but I do not want to do that.

Thank you for any tips.


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