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SubjectRe: Problems raising fd limits in 1.3.78-1.3.80

On Fri, 29 Mar 1996 23:26:41 -0500 (EST), David ``Joel Katz'' Schwartz
<> said:

> I used to have no problem raising the file descriptor and other
> limits in kernel versions 1.3.57-1.3.78. I could raise NR_OPEN, OPEN_MAX,
> and __FD_SETSIZE to 1024, NR_INODE to 4096, NR_FILE to 2048,
> __FD_SET_LONGS to 32, and then easily handle over 800 clients on my IRC
> server (

It is not recommended to increase __FD_SET's size. Unfortunately,
however large you make it, libc simply cannot cope with a select size
larger than 256 fd's.

As for the other parameters, you don't need to recompile the kernel.
In all post-1.3.57 kernels, you could achieve your inode and file
limits by (as root):
echo 4096 > /proc/sys/kernel/inode-max
echo 2048 > /proc/sys/kernel/file-max

Stephen Tweedie <>
Department of Computer Science, Edinburgh University, Scotland.

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