kern.ipc.maxpipekva exceeded, error

Nagilum freebsd at
Sat Sep 18 04:08:15 PDT 2004

Hi Puna,

This looks like there occured a looping recursion, there is definately 
something wrong with your ports. Maybe try to reinstall the dependencies 
forcefully after bringing your ports tree up-to-date (if that alone does 
not already help)
Kind regards,

Puna Tannehill wrote:

> On a freshly rebuild v5.3-BETA4...
> A failed compile of sysutils/fastest_cvsup led me to run 'make clean' 
> before trying again.  It took over 5 minutes to run make clean, and at 
> the very end I got the following:
>     # make clean
>     kern.ipc.maxpipekva exceeded; see tuning(7)
>     Pipe call failed: Too many open files in system
>     Pipe call failed: Too many open files in system
>     ===>  Cleaning for libtool-1.5.8
>     ===>  Cleaning for perl-5.8.5
>     ===>  Cleaning for fastest_cvsup-0.2.8
> There is nothing specifically in tuning about this particular knob, 
> but from poking around I get the feeling that it's about memory 
> management of the kernel IPC subsystem.
> Running 'sysctl kern.ipc.maxpipekva' shows:
>     kern.ipc.maxpipekva=1257472
> Hunting around on in the archives, I came up with people getting this 
> error while doing very intensive compiles.  Seems strange to me that I 
> might get such an error on a 15min uptime, cold-booted machine and 
> just doing a 'make clean'.  And thoughts?
> Puna
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