xjobs is most useful on multi-processor/core machines when one needs to execute several time consuming command several that could possibly be run in parallel. With xjobs this can be achieved easily, and it is possible to limit the load of the machine to a useful value. It works similar to xargs, but starts several processes simultaneously and gives only one line of arguments to each utility call.
Additionally, xjobs support I/O redirection, which makes some applications possible that cannot be done with GNU's xargs. xjobs also determines the number of processors automatically, whereas xargs must be told how many processes to start. Finally, non-GNU xargs (e.g. Solaris' and DEC/Compaq/HP Alpha's) don't have the option -P. Try to do the following with GNU's xargs with some files having blanks in their name:
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