Re: proc/sys/fs file-nr?

From: Samuel Flory (
Date: Fri Aug 16 2002 - 17:22:27 EST

On Fri, 2002-08-16 at 14:33, John Coppens wrote:
> Hi.
> The last few days I had a problem with an image viewer, and thought I'd investigate
> a little. The program makes thumbnails, and after a while, complains about
> 'too many files open'. I found a reference to the proc/sys/fs/file-max and
> wanted to check file-nr first. /usr/src/linux/Documentation states:
> "The three values in file-nr denote the number of allocated file handles, the
> number of used file handles, and the maximum number of file handles."
> I'm confused now. Each time I open a new directory with images, the second number
> _decreases_! It _increases_ when I close the viewer program. Is this normal?
> Finally, the viewer (gThumb) gives up at:
> 1961 50 8192
> with the 'too many...' error. Shouldn't the number increase till 8192? This is
> the number in file-max? (Kernel 2.4.18)

Check inode-nr in addition to file-max. What is your ulimit set to. I
think the default is 1024.

[root@flory sflory]# ulimit -a
core file size (blocks, -c) 0
data seg size (kbytes, -d) unlimited
file size (blocks, -f) unlimited
max locked memory (kbytes, -l) unlimited
max memory size (kbytes, -m) unlimited
open files (-n) 1024
pipe size (512 bytes, -p) 8
stack size (kbytes, -s) 8192
cpu time (seconds, -t) unlimited
max user processes (-u) 4086
virtual memory (kbytes, -v) unlimited
[root@flory sflory]# ulimit -n 2048
[root@flory sflory]# ulimit -n

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