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Re: syslogd: ... : Too many open files

On Thu, 10 Apr 2008 22:25:44 -0400
Jason Mitchell <> wrote:

> That did the trick, thanks! Since ulimit doesn't have a man page,
> would you mind explaining what the -n switch does? I tried ulimit 256
> before I sent the message, but that didn't work.

I'm surprised it doesn't.  However, it is of necessity a shell
built-in, so it will be documented in sh(1).

Anyway -- run 'ulimit -a' to get the list of values.  The first letter
of each line is a switch to change that value.

                --Steve Bellovin,

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