Re: max arguments for exec

Keith Owens (
Thu, 27 Sep 2001 12:27:52 +1000

On Wed, 26 Sep 2001 14:25:05 -0700 (PDT),
Kiril Vidimce <> wrote:
>Is there any way to reconfigure the kernel at runtime to change the
>limit for arguments passed during an exec? I guess I am looking for
>something similar to systune ncargs under IRIX. I found this thread
>in the archives:
>The only suggestion was to patch and recompile the kernel. I looked
>into sysctl and I couldn't find an appropriate argument to tweak.

It is controlled by MAX_ARG_PAGES in include/linux/binfmts.h. Change
and recompile the kernel, it is not dynamically tunable in Linux.

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