mailscanner (Solaris 2.6) Could not open file

Martin Hepworth martinh at SOLID-STATE-LOGIC.COM
Tue Feb 10 14:27:28 GMT 2004

Travis wrote:
> We had a problem with this, but the log said too many files open. Come to
> find out that when Solaris 2.6
> is installed by default it can only handle a maximum of 64 descriptors by 1
> process at a time.  I added the following to /etc/system and rebooted the
> machine and the problem cleared up:
> set rlim_fd_cur = 1024
> set rlim_fd_max = 1024
> This sets both the hard and soft limits.  I find this just by doing a search
> on the web on google for:
> I know this is set high, but us it didn't break anything and was recommended
> by one of the Sun Managers list.

Wouldn't say it's high. Solaris 7 and later sets this by default to be
amount of ram in MB upto 4096. I've seen a quite a few systems well over

Martin Hepworth
Snr Systems Administrator
Solid State Logic
Tel: +44 (0)1865 842300


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