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SubjectRE: Increasing the FD_SETSIZE
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> I am having trouble with increasing the file descriptor size for my
> application - it opens several files for each client session (and needs
> to keep them open as long as the session is active, which can be upto 3
> hours long). What I see from the application is "open failed in
> FileStreamReader::setupFile: Too many open files".
>
> I have bumped up /proc/sys/fs/file-max to 16K, but I am failing at 2638
> (cat /proc/sys/fs/file-max returns "2638 97 16384") when the number of
> files my app opened reached 1023.
>
> There is a comment in /usr/include/linux/posix_types.h regarding
> __FD_SETSIZE being set to 1024. How can I increase this value?

You are tinkering with the wrong value. FD_SETSIZE affects fd_sets used in
the 'select' system call. If you don't use select (and you shouldn't) it's
not an issue.

Also, tampering with the system-wide limits is the wrong approach too.
There is no problem in the kernel for you to fix.

What you are hitting is a per-process resource limit. Read the man pages on
'setrlimit' or the bash help on 'ulimit'.

DS

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