Why am I getting an "Argument list too long" error message when executing some commands in the shell?

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Commands that are executed in the shell, including their parameters, are called shell arguments or simply arguments. For example, the command ls -l is considered as 2 arguments, namely, ls and -l.

The shell also has a set of special characters. An example of this is the asterisk (*) which loosely translates to "everyth...

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