[Dovecot] "pipe() failed: Too many open files" - ??

Hauke Fath hf at spg.tu-darmstadt.de
Wed Dec 14 12:35:05 EET 2005

Am 14.12.2005 um 11:05 Uhr +0100 schrieb Hauke Fath:
>after about a day of operation, dovecot 1.0alpha5 (NetBSD/i386 2.1) 
>died on me with
>Dec 14 10:53:52 bounce dovecot: pipe() failed: Too many open files
>Dec 14 10:54:23 bounce last message repeated 279661 times
>Dec 14 10:56:23 bounce last message repeated 1071807 times
>Dec 14 10:56:59 bounce last message repeated 325386 times
>-- any ideas on what to tune?

I just noted that I ran into this before: 

For now, I bumped the 'open files' shell limit in the dovecot start 
script to 1024 (default was 64 which sounds a bit on the low side). 
Any ideas on how many concurrent open files a Dovecot instance needs?


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