Subject: Re: File Descriptors and make_child errors
To: Mark S. Burgess <>
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List: current-users
Date: 09/09/1996 11:58:10
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	If you need to increase the number of processes you can
	'sysctl -w kern.maxproc=2000' (or whatever number you want :)

	You can increase the number of file descriptors from 64 to 256
	by using the (csh) limit command, or by calling setrlimit().

	A 'quick hack' approach would be to have your httpd called with
	a line similar to the following in /etc/rc.local:

echo -n ' httpd'; csh -c 'limit descriptors 256 ; exec /usr/local/etc/httpd'

	Another approach would be to switch to apache, did, and
	its a damn sight nicer & faster :)

                   David/abs             (

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On Sun, 8 Sep 1996, Mark S. Burgess wrote:

> I've got a very busy CERN httpd that creates alot of make_child errors
> because we can't open up another process.  I've looked all over and can't
> find a procedure for increasing the file descriptors so more processes can
> open. I've done what I thought it would take and it didn't have the effect I
> expected.  The machine has tons of extra memory, but it's not using it. 
> Does anyone have a FAQ or an old message that shows what you have to change
> and how to test to see the active file handles versus the total capacity.
> Mark
> Mark S. Burgess
> Link, Inc.
> (619) 220-8601

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