Copy files - Argument list too long

I ran this:

cp 1241* /usr/local/virtual/domain.com/mailman/new/

And got the following error:

/sbin/cp: Argument list too long.

Any ideas?
hrolsonsAsked:
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Let_Me_BeCommented:
* is expanded before calling the command. If you have to many files starting with 1241 the argument list might be indeed to long.
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woolmilkporcCommented:
Hi,

use 'find' and 'xargs'. Assuming '/dir' was the directory containing the files, issue

find /dir -type f -name 1241\* | xargs -I{} cp {} /usr/local/virtual/domain.com/mailman/new/

That should do the trick.

wmp
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hrolsonsAuthor Commented:
woolmilkporc,

What would I put in place of "/dir" if I am already in the directory I'm going to copy files from?
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Let_Me_BeCommented:

`pwd`

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woolmilkporcCommented:
Just a dot ( . )
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hrolsonsAuthor Commented:

find . -type f -name 1241\* | xargs -I{} cp {} /usr/local/virtual/domain.com/mailman/new
 
xargs: {}: No such file or directory

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hrolsonsAuthor Commented:
'pwd'???
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hrolsonsAuthor Commented:
Sorry, pwd is:

/usr/local/virtual/domain.com/all/cur
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Let_Me_BeCommented:
Its not 'pwd' but `pwd` Anything between `` will be executed and the output will be used in the place where you wrote it.
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woolmilkporcCommented:
As for the error - maybe xargs for FreeBSD needs a space between '-I' and '{}'. Try

find . -type f -name 1241\* | xargs -I {} cp {} /usr/local/virtual/domain.com/mailman/new

If that doesn't work neither, try

find . -type f -name 1241\* | xargs -J % cp % /usr/local/virtual/domain.com/mailman/new

..and 'new' should be a directory and must already exist!
 
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gheistCommented:
cp 1241\* /usr/local/virtual/domain.com/mailman/new/
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