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From "Arnab Ganguly" <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] too many open files
Date Mon, 25 Aug 2008 13:24:48 GMT
Can you try assigning the soft limit value to hard limit value and restart
the server.You can put this in apachectl script so that it gets affected for
the shell used for Apache.

On Mon, Aug 25, 2008 at 6:47 PM, Michael Sutter

> Hello list,
> I have a strange problem with my httpd daemon and hopefully somebody can
> help me.
> I'm running a Apache 2.0.49 on a Suse 9.1 and have the mod_axis2 deployed.
> Inside
> Axis2 I'm running a service which is queried every ten seconds.
> After running for some hours, sometimes 2, sometimes 4, sometimes more I
> always got
> a exception: Too many open files. The exception is not written to the error
> log, it is the
> return value of my service. I also have no entry at the corresponding time
> in my access.log,
> so I think it is thrown before the service is accessed.
> I searched through the list and found, that normally the solution is  to
> increase the limit
> of open files. So I added in /etc/security/limits.conf
> *  soft    nofile  8192
> *  hard    nofile  50000
> logged out and in again.
> For my understanding this should increase the number of open files for
> every user.
> Nevertheless, this don't changed the behaviour. I always got the exception.
> So I also
> added ulimit -n 8192 to my init script, which shows the same behaviour.
> I also monitored the number of open files on the system. It is always about
> 2000 - much
> less then I have declared in the configuration. The httpd daemon normally
> has 10 process
> and every process has opened about 90 - 95 files. So I'm also not on the
> configured limit.
> Has anybody some idea what I'm doing wrong or how I can solve the problem?
> Kind regards
> Michael
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