gamin opens too many files

David Syphers dsyphers at
Wed Mar 29 06:28:53 UTC 2006

On Tuesday 28 March 2006 22:21, Alex Dupre wrote:
> David Syphers wrote:
> > I recently was getting messages about maxing out the number of open files
> > on my system, and discovered that gam_server has gone crazy. Right after
> > booting, opening KDE, I have nearly 2600 open files on my computer, and
> > 2200 of those are opened by gam_server, according to fstat. And clearly
> > that number can go up to nearly 8000, as I've got kern.maxfiles at 8136.
> That's absolutely normal for KDE. It will monitor many directories
> (/etc, your home, your desktop, some share dirs), so you have to
> increase the kern.maxfiles parameter as suggested by gamin's pkg-message.

Thanks for the info. Did this just start in KDE 3.5? This had certainly never 
been an issue before, but I did upgrade from 3.4.x not too long ago. Also, 
would this be related to the fact that my load averages seem to be higher 
than they used to be?


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