FreeBSD 5.3, Openfiles Limit in login.conf not respected

Lowell Gilbert freebsd-questions-local at
Tue Feb 1 11:17:39 PST 2005

Matt Rechkemmer <tiberius at> writes:

> Hi folks,
> I recently setup FreeBSD 5.3R on my P4 2.4 GHz system and have a slight
> problem with it not respecting the limits set in /etc/login.conf.  The entry
> I've made in /etc/login.conf is below:
> bopm:\
>         :openfiles=8192:\
>         :coredumpsize=unlimited:\
>         :tc=default:
> Yet when a user with that login class logins in, they're offered a openfiles
> limit of 14781 instead of 8192.  In my kernel I've set "maxusers" so FreeBSD
> doesn't attempt to auto-tune this setting.
> I searched the handbook and the FAQ, but didn't come up with anything useful.
> Any help on this, is greatly appreciated!

It works for me; maybe you forgot to run cap_mkdb(1)?

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