[erlang-questions] os:cmd/1 does not work for ulimit -n
Thu May 14 11:34:07 CEST 2009
ulimit is a shell internal command. Every os:cmd opens a new shell.
The ulimit is inherited by child processes of the shell after the
ulimit command took effect. It does _not_ affect parent processes,
which is what the Erlang system process is.
Therefore, in order for the ulimit to change, you need to change the
ulimit of the Erlang process, OR prefix the command you really want to
run with ulimit (eg. os:cmd("ulimit -n 2048; bigcommand").
Someone more experienced might be able to tell you how to have the
Erlang system process try to change its own ulimit, but the most
common way would be to set this limit before starting 'erl'. Eg, the
following should work, assuming that the user is allowed to change
their limit to such a value.
shell$ ulimit -n 2048
On 14/05/2009, at 9:07 PM, MAthuvathanan Mou. wrote:
> 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] [kernel-poll:false]
> 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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