Bug 211477 - Too many files open error
Too many files open error
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: evolution (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Matthew Barnes
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Reported: 2006-10-19 13:07 EDT by Joshua Rosen
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:11 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2006-10-19 14:46:03 EDT
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Description Joshua Rosen 2006-10-19 13:07:11 EDT
Description of problem:I'm getting the "Too many files open" error. I keep all
of my e-mail (sans spam of course) and after a number of years I've reached the
limit of how many email files Evolution can handle. I assume that there is some
sort structure that has a limit on how big it can be or maybe there is just some
file limit variable somewhere. It would be nice it the limit value would be
increased, I'd jack it up 10X which should be enough so that no one reaches the
limit again.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable): 2.6.3

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1. You need thousands of mail messages
2. When you reach the limit (whatever it is) you'll start to get this error
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Comment 1 Matthew Barnes 2006-10-19 14:46:03 EDT
Hi, this bug has been fixed in Fedora Core 6.  The problem was that Evolution
was opening thousands of FIFO pipes at start-up and chewing up all your
available file descriptors.

With Fedora Core 6 scheduled for release next week there are no plans to
backport the fix to Fedora Core 5.  But as a temporary workaround you can
increase your file descriptor limit before invoking Evolution like so:

   # ulimit -n <some-really-big-number>; evolution

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