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Re: [SLE] maximum nproc value
  • From: Steve Graegert <graegerts@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 6 Feb 2006 08:01:21 +0100
  • Message-id: <6a00c8d50602052301g2b9110b5jaba8cf5829eaea5d@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On 2/3/06, Greg Wallace <gregwallace@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Friday, February 03, 2006 @ 4:11 AM, Steve Graegert wrote:
> >On 2/3/06, Per Jessen <per@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> >> Steve Graegert wrote:
> >>
> >> >> I just ran the above via a remote konsole, and my 2-way machine
> >> >> certainly _appears_ to be locked up. I'll have to make my way to the
> >> >> computer-room to check out the local console.
> >> >
> >> > Sorry, to hear that. I've used this code for years in trainings on a
> >> > couple of platforms. Never tried that on an Intel box running Linux
> >> > prior to 2.6. Can hardly believe that 2.4 can be compromised that
> >> > easily :-
> >>
> >> What's interesting is - it reported CHILD_MAX = 999, yet your bit of
> >> code was allowed to start 7000+ processes? (see my other posting)
> >> This is not an area I've ever looked into - do I need to enable
> >> something or other in order to have a cap on the number of processes?
> >There are two settings which affect the maximum number of procs per
> >real user id:
> >1. /etc/security/limits.conf tells the kernel what and how much
> >resources a user/group can use on a particular system. It can be seen
> >as a quota.
> >2. The shells ulimit (man bash [on my 9.3]) determines the upper
> >limit for certain resources like memory, processes and the like. Some
> >shells do not support for configuration of all resources (like sh).
> >'ulimit -u' tells gives 6143 on my system, thus allowing 6143
> >processes per user. When I disable any limits on this resource in
> >limits.conf (meaning unlimited) I am able to create this number of
> >procs (see my previous posts). I usually limit this resource to 64
> >for regular users and bash was not able to create more than 64
> >processes. ulimit does not override limits.conf
> >The sysconf(_SC_CHILD_MAX) thing is a POSIX limit that can be
> >overridden by the kernel and application writer (it's intended for
> >developers to encourage them to write portable code). As written
> >earlier, from the mathematical POV, systems support billions of
> >processes, which does not mean that they are able to handle them. If
> >someone wants to find a reasonable max value for the number of procs
> >per real user id, one should query sysconf and use the returned value
> >as the maximum setting. 'Maximum' is by no means optimal, it's just
> >an upper limit.
> > \Steve
> Wow! I had wanted to increase the max number of files and max processes on
> my 2 user accounts in the past and, from reading on this list, had gotten
> the impression that that had to be done by changing kernel parameters and
> recompiling it. This was back under 8.1 Pro. I needed certain processes to
> start with higher limits than the defaults, so I ended up with a work-around
> where I actually used a su -C to do a quick switch to root to start those
> processes there, where I could up the limits. I just tested setting those
> limits in limits.conf and it appears to have worked like a champ! Has this
> capability only come along with more recent versions of SuSE, or was it
> around back in 8.1 and I just didn't dig it out?

This functionality is relatively old (first seen in 2002 bundled in a
PAM package). I don't know what's its origin.



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