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Linuxhelp _ Technical Support _ Too many open files in system

Posted by: DanaWhite Jul 4 2008, 01:41 PM

Hello everyone,

While installing a program I copied some data to my /etc/sysctl.conf file. One of the lines I copied was: fs.file-max = 512 * PROCESSES.

Now I can't do much anything. Basically every command I execute results in: Too many open files in system.

Does anyone have any idea what I can do to fix this problem?

Thanks for your help!

Posted by: michaelk Jul 4 2008, 03:54 PM

Where is PROCESSES defined?
What program did you install that required you to increase the number?
Boot with your install CD in rescue mode or any liveCD.
Mount the / partition if not already done and edit the file. Stick with a real number
fs.file-max = 4096

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