Subject: Bumping shell limits for daemons?
To: None <>
From: Hauke Fath <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 12/15/2005 14:52:58

when I installed Dovecot 1.0alpha5 (wip/dovecot) a few days ago, I ran into

>Dec 14 10:53:52 bounce dovecot: pipe() failed: Too many open files
>Dec 14 10:54:23 bounce last message repeated 279661 times
>Dec 14 10:56:23 bounce last message repeated 1071807 times
>Dec 14 10:56:59 bounce last message repeated 325386 times

after a day. I ended up bumping the open files limit by inserting

ulimit -n 1024

into the Dovecot rc.d startup script. Is there a canonical way of 
adjusting shell limits for daemons started through rc.d scripts?


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