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I'm trying to execute

ls -d "$PWD"/* > formmlFileList43k.list

But I get the following error:

bash: /bin/ls: Argument list too long

I've read using a pipe won't have such limitation, how can I use pipe which will accomplish the same as:

ls -d "$PWD"/* > formmlFileList43k.list

Any help would be appreciated

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You have too many items in the directory. That causes the shell to expand * into a command line argument that exceeds ARG_MAX bytes:

$ grep ARG_MAX /usr/include/linux/limits.h
#define ARG_MAX       131072    /* # bytes of args + environ for exec() */

I suggest you to use find as a workaround:

$ find "${PWD}" -mindepth 1 -maxdepth 1 > formmlFileList43k.list

EDIT: @hagello wrote an important note about filenames beginning with a dot. These files should be excluded from the find output. So, the correct workaround is:

$ find "${PWD}" -mindepth 1 -maxdepth 1 '!' -name '.*' > formmlFileList43k.list
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    You should be aware that find prints the dot files while "ls" by default does not. – hagello Mar 16 '16 at 1:12

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