kern.maxfiles exceeded soon after KDE or Gnome started

gamato at gamato at
Fri Oct 20 12:51:58 UTC 2006

Adi Pircalabu wrote:
> On Fri, 20 Oct 2006 14:11:30 +0200 martinko wrote:
>> I've installed KDE 3.5.4 and Gnome 2.14 on a new GENERIC installation
>> of 6.2-PRERELEASE.
>> Both desktop environments syslog error about exceeding kern.maxfiles
>> limit soon after their started.
>> While with Window Maker and many open apps, and even with Xfce 4.2, I
>> usually have between 200 to 500 kern.openfiles, kern.maxfiles
>> (defaults to 1064) is obviously too low for KDE/Gnome or I'm running
>> into an issue or sth.
>> As I haven't noticed recommendation on kern.maxfiles on project pages
>> nor during installation of the ports, I'd like to ask the community
>> what are the sane recommended numbers ??
> See /usr/ports/devel/gamin/pkg-message on how to handle this.

Hi Adi,

Thanks for your pointer!

Anyway, I do not open large folders (as suggested in gamin/pkg-message)
and still run into issue already at startup.  Also I failed to notice
any warning on Gnome or KDE sites.  It  might help other users to avoid
the same issue.



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