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From "Neelam Bhatnagar" <>
Subject Too many open files issue
Date Mon, 22 Nov 2004 15:02:04 GMT
I had requested help on an issue we have been facing with the "Too many
open files" Exception garbling the search indexes and crashing the
search on the web site. 
As a suggestion, you had asked us to look at the articles on O'Reilly
Network which had specific context around this exact problem. 
One of the suggestions was to increase the limit on the number of file
descriptors on the file system. We tried it by first lowering the limit
to 200 from 256 in order to reproduce the exception. The exception did
get reproduced but even after increasing the limit to 500, the exception
kept coming until after several rounds of trying to rebuild the index,
we finally got to get it working for the default file descriptor limit
of 256.  This makes us wonder if your first suggestion of optimizing
indexes is a pre-requisite to trying this option. 
Another piece of relevant information is that we have the default merge
factor of 10.
Kindly give us pointers to what it that we are doing wrong or should we
be trying something completely different.
Thanks and regards
Neelam Bhatnagar

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