Server Crash - "isc_socket_create: fcntl/reserved: Too many open files" [Howto Fix]

Submitted by rex on Fri, 04/09/2010 - 16:47

A Debian has been crashed and I should found how it happened.

Memory, Swap and Harddisk wasn't full, but the Server was unreachable, no ssh, ftp, http, ping...

After a hardware reset I have analysed the log files.

The crash was 22:45 offline and I want to analyse log entries between 22:40 and 22:50 and greped them


cat syslog.2 |grep '22:4'
...
Apr 2 22:41:12 USER named[3493]: isc_socket_create: fcntl/reserved: Too many open files
Apr 2 22:41:12 USER named[3493]: isc_socket_create: fcntl/reserved: Too many open files
Apr 2 22:41:12 USER named[3493]: isc_socket_create: fcntl/reserved: Too many open files
Apr 2 22:41:12 USER named[3493]: isc_socket_create: fcntl/reserved: Too many open files
...

and seen a lot of the time the same error. The server has tried to open files, but couldn't and crashed.

number of the max open files was 1024


USER:/var/log# ulimit -a
core file size (blocks, -c) 0
data seg size (kbytes, -d) unlimited
scheduling priority (-e) 0
file size (blocks, -f) unlimited
pending signals (-i) 73728
max locked memory (kbytes, -l) 32
max memory size (kbytes, -m) unlimited
open files (-n) 1024
pipe size (512 bytes, -p) 8
POSIX message queues (bytes, -q) 819200
real-time priority (-r) 0
stack size (kbytes, -s) 8192
cpu time (seconds, -t) unlimited
max user processes (-u) 73728
virtual memory (kbytes, -v) unlimited
file locks (-x) unlimited

I've changed the value of max open files to 8192 with

ulimit -n 8192

and it works very well

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