'find -execdir' opens too many file descriptors

Solution Verified - Updated -


  • find -execdir opens too many file descriptors
  • When using the -execdir option to find, the program apparently opens a new file descriptor every time it runs the command, and never closes it.
  • As a result, when traversing a directory tree that contains more than $(ulimit -n) files (1024 by default), find will fail with the message:
  find: Failed to save working directory in order to run a command on `foo': Too many open files


  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7
  • findutils-4.5.11-5.el7.x86_64

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