I'm generating models in Ruby on Rails, and some of these tables have an awful lot of columns. What's maximum length of a command in Mac OS X?
The limit is not in bash but in your operating system. It's defined by the value of
ARG_MAX in your OS's
limits.h. You can get the value by running
getconf ARG_MAX. On my OSX 10.5 machine (and most other BSD systems) it's 262144. You can read more about this limit here.
It depends on the shell, but the last time I ran a configure script using zsh on 10.6 it was 65535 characters.