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ulimit: raise default hard ulimit on number of files to 4096

Apps are increasingly using more than 1024 file descriptors.  See
discussion in several distro bug trackers, e.g.  BugLink:
http://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/663090
https://issues.rpath.com/browse/RPL-2054

You don't want to raise the default soft limit, since that might break
apps that use select(), but it's safe to raise the default hard limit;
that way, apps that know they need lots of file descriptors can raise
their soft limit without needing root, and without user intervention.

Ubuntu is doing this with a kernel change because they have a policy of
not changing kernel defaults in userland.

While 4096 might not be enough for *all* apps, it seems to be plenty for
the apps I've seen lately that are unhappy with 1024.

Signed-off-by: Tim Gardner <tim.gardner@canonical.com>
Cc: Dan Kegel <dank@kegel.com>
Cc: Al Viro <viro@zeniv.linux.org.uk>
Cc: Christoph Hellwig <hch@lst.de>
Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org>
Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>
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1 parent d8a51e4 commit 16ae877631244b9248c866fa0be38dfeb1f568b2 Tim Gardner committed with zachariasmaladroit May 25, 2011
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  1. +1 −1 include/asm-generic/resource.h
  2. +2 −1 include/linux/fs.h
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2 include/asm-generic/resource.h
@@ -78,7 +78,7 @@
[RLIMIT_CORE] = { 0, RLIM_INFINITY }, \
[RLIMIT_RSS] = { RLIM_INFINITY, RLIM_INFINITY }, \
[RLIMIT_NPROC] = { 0, 0 }, \
- [RLIMIT_NOFILE] = { INR_OPEN, INR_OPEN }, \
+ [RLIMIT_NOFILE] = { INR_OPEN_CUR, INR_OPEN_MAX }, \
[RLIMIT_MEMLOCK] = { MLOCK_LIMIT, MLOCK_LIMIT }, \
[RLIMIT_AS] = { RLIM_INFINITY, RLIM_INFINITY }, \
[RLIMIT_LOCKS] = { RLIM_INFINITY, RLIM_INFINITY }, \
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3 include/linux/fs.h
@@ -23,7 +23,8 @@
/* Fixed constants first: */
#undef NR_OPEN
-#define INR_OPEN 1024 /* Initial setting for nfile rlimits */
+#define INR_OPEN_CUR 1024 /* Initial setting for nfile rlimits */
+#define INR_OPEN_MAX 4096 /* Hard limit for nfile rlimits */
#define BLOCK_SIZE_BITS 10
#define BLOCK_SIZE (1<<BLOCK_SIZE_BITS)

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