[erlang-questions] os:cmd/1 does not work for ulimit -n

MAthuvathanan Mou. <>
Thu May 14 11:07:57 CEST 2009

Hi all,

Using Linux (RedHat) I wanted to increase number of open files for that
session only (temporarily)

In the erl shell I did

Erlang (BEAM) emulator version 5.5.5 [source] [async-threads:0] [hipe]

Eshell V5.5.5  (abort with ^G)
1> os:cmd('ulimit -n').
2> os:cmd('ulimit -n 2048').
3> os:cmd('ulimit -n').

Why did open file not increase here?


Mathuvathanan Mou.
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