The error message "The input line is too long. The syntax of the command is incorrect."

Category : Apache Kafka | Sub Category : Apache Kafka | By Prasad Bonam Last updated: 2023-08-05 09:01:00 Viewed : 229


The error message "The input line is too long. The syntax of the command is incorrect."

The error message "The input line is too long. The syntax of the command is incorrect." in the context of running kafka-server-start.bat on Windows is likely due to the command line exceeding the maximum character limit allowed by the operating system.

This issue often occurs when the Kafka installation directory or the path to the server.properties file is too long, resulting in a command line that exceeds the Windows command prompt character limit (typically 8191 characters).

To resolve this issue, you can try the following solutions:

  1. Shorten the Path: Place the Kafka installation directory in a location with a shorter path. For example, move the Kafka installation to C:kafka.

  2. Use Short File Names: If moving the Kafka directory is not feasible, you can use the short file names for the directories to reduce the overall path length. Open a Command Prompt (CMD) and use the dir /x command to find the short name of the Kafka directory. Then, use the short name in the command to start Kafka.

    Example:

    arduino
    kafka-server-start.bat C:PROGRA~1Kafkaconfigserver.properties
  3. Set KAFKA_HOME Environment Variable: Set the KAFKA_HOME environment variable to the Kafka installation directory. This can help in shortening the command by using the variable instead of the full path.

    Example:

    arduino
    set KAFKA_HOME=C:kafka %KAFKA_HOME%inwindowskafka-server-start.bat %KAFKA_HOME%configserver.properties
  4. Use PowerShell: If you have PowerShell installed, you can use it instead of the regular Command Prompt. PowerShell typically has a higher character limit for command lines.

Please note that the specific solution may vary depending on your Kafka installation directory and the path to the server.properties file. The key is to reduce the overall length of the command line to avoid hitting the Windows character limit.


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