Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 206955
Can't create more than 256 connections to X display
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:07:27 EST
After opening loads of xterms, or other X clients, we'd get the error:
Xlib: connection to ":0.0" refused by server
Xlib: Maximum number of clients reached
xterm Xt error: Can't open display: sunultra20b:0.0
One way to reproduce is to run:
for i in `seq 1 255`; do xlogo & done
and see the ~240th instances and subsequent ones fail to connect to the display
bug 176328 for RHEL3 isn't related, as it was about XOpenDisplay failing when
the first fd would be >= 256.
It isn't related to upstream:
as the electricsheep screensaver isn't being used.
Created attachment 136545 [details]
XIDs are the global namespace for objects in the X protocol. Clients are
assigned a range when they connect, and subsequent allocations happen from that
The XID itself is allocated as follows:
3 bits reserved (for no good reason)
N bits of client ID
M bits of resource ID
where N is defined by the MAXCLIENTS define in the server source. Which means
right now, we have 8 bits for client ID and 21 for resource ID. This patch
would move one bit to the client ID space, which has the side effect of reducing
the number of resources per client from 2millionish to 1millionish. This is
probably not a problem. However we may want to add an option somewhere to allow
the user to switch this at server startup.
This request was evaluated by Red Hat Product Management for inclusion in a Red
Hat Enterprise Linux maintenance release. Product Management has requested
further review of this request by Red Hat Engineering, for potential
inclusion in a Red Hat Enterprise Linux Update release for currently deployed
products. This request is not yet committed for inclusion in an Update
Built as xorg-x11 6.8.2-1.EL.25. MODIFIED.
Not fixed. Used the shell loop:
for a in `seq 1 256`; do xlogo & done
hit the limit at 253. I have some clients already opened. Starting a new one
explicitly says the limit was hit.
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 230217 ***