• "Too many open files" under Linux

    From Mewcenary@VERT/EXTRICAT to All on Sun Feb 20 07:45:09 2022
    Hi everyone,

    Last night, around midnight, my Synchronet setup (running under Ubuntu) became unresponsive.

    Typical log fragment:

    Feb 20 07:22:42 synchronet synchronet: term Node 1 !Error 24 (Too many open files) opening: /sbbs/text/answer.msg
    Feb 20 07:22:42 synchronet synchronet: term Node 1 !JavaScript : can't open /sbbs/exec/loginDD.js: No such file or directory
    Feb 20 07:22:42 synchronet synchronet: term Node 1 !ERROR 24 (Too many open files) in exec.cpp line 662 (js_execfile) compiling "/sbbs/exec/loginDD.js" access=0

    It wasn't just linked to loginDD.js - anything involving files would throw this error (including sbbsecho).

    A stop / start has resolved the issue.... for now....

    What's the best approach to hardening my installation against this?

    Mewcenary.

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  • From Digital Man@VERT to Mewcenary on Sun Feb 20 11:49:47 2022
    Re: "Too many open files" under Linux
    By: Mewcenary to All on Sun Feb 20 2022 07:45 am

    Hi everyone,

    Last night, around midnight, my Synchronet setup (running under Ubuntu) became unresponsive.

    Typical log fragment:

    Feb 20 07:22:42 synchronet synchronet: term Node 1 !Error 24 (Too many open files) opening: /sbbs/text/answer.msg
    Feb 20 07:22:42 synchronet synchronet: term Node 1 !JavaScript : can't open /sbbs/exec/loginDD.js: No such file or directory
    Feb 20 07:22:42 synchronet synchronet: term Node 1 !ERROR 24 (Too many open files) in exec.cpp line 662 (js_execfile) compiling "/sbbs/exec/loginDD.js" access=0

    It wasn't just linked to loginDD.js - anything involving files would throw this error (including sbbsecho).

    A stop / start has resolved the issue.... for now....

    What's the best approach to hardening my installation against this?

    Sounds like a bug (a file descriptor leak, usually open files, but could be open socket descriptors or other types of file descriptors that were not closed) somewhere. Using a tool such as 'lsof' if/when it happens again should help to identify the culprit.
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  • From Digital Man@VERT to Mewcenary on Sun Feb 20 11:59:58 2022
    Re: "Too many open files" under Linux
    By: Digital Man to Mewcenary on Sun Feb 20 2022 11:49 am

    Sounds like a bug (a file descriptor leak, usually open files, but could be open socket descriptors or other types of file descriptors that were not closed) somewhere. Using a tool such as 'lsof' if/when it happens again should help to identify the culprit.

    A preventative measure would be add to your /etc/security/limits.conf file:
    * soft nofile 999999

    There are other ways to modify a user's open file limit too: https://bobcares.com/blog/too-many-open-files/
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    digital man (rob)

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