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Re: Parallel script with variable name

From: Ole Tange
Subject: Re: Parallel script with variable name
Date: Tue, 5 Mar 2019 19:46:02 +0100

On Thu, Feb 28, 2019 at 9:13 AM Ernst, Kevin <address@hidden> wrote:

> It most cases, it’s fine, but in general it’s more conservative to let the 
> shell itself do wildcard expansion, or to use find rather than ls, as 
> discussed here (tl;dr: “word splitting”).

One small addition: Having the shell expand the wildcards can lead to
a command line that is too long. Then you get something like:

  bash: parallel: Argument list too long

So the bullet proof and guaranteed safe way (with no exceptions) is to do:

  printf '%s\0' *.log | parallel -0 do_stuff

This deals correctly with:

* File names containing newline (\n)
* More file names than fit on the command line


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