Max Files Open Limit?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther) Discussion' started by Andy B, Sep 22, 2004.

  1. Andy B macrumors newbie

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    #1
    Hi,

    I'm trying to find out what the 'maximum files open limit' is in OSX. I've hit a problem with an audio application and am trying to work out if it's the application or the OS.

    Thanks in advance,

    Andy.
     
  2. broken_keyboard macrumors 65816

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    Open a terminal and type ulimit -a
    You can use the same command to alter the limit
     
  3. Andy B thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks Broken Keyboard.

    I could see the limit, but couldn't seem to change it? Also that was on my G5 OS 10.3.5, but I also need to do it on my G4 OS 10.2.8. and it doesn't recognise the command on the G4. Any ideas for OS 10.2.8?

    Thanks again,

    Andy.
     
  4. broken_keyboard macrumors 65816

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    Don't know about 10.2 sorry...

    I'm able to change it on 10.3 by typing
    ulimit -n 512

    (for example)

    If I type ulimit -n unlimited it changes it to 12288, so that must be the absolute max...
     
  5. Lamont macrumors newbie

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    Try this....

    On OS X.8 ulimit works in much the same manner, however don't bother looking at current values. Simply run

    ulimit -n 512
    ulimit -a

    Do not run with the unlimited option as it will change it back to 256 and subsequently prevent higher values.
     

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