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# 1  
Old 06-26-2002
Question Can't create more pipe

How can I change the maxnumber of pipes on my workstation?

I'm running an EXPECT script that is suppose to start up 32 xterms.
But after 18 opened xterm, I get this msg:

- couldn't create pipe: too many open files


# 2  
Old 06-26-2002
Tools maybe the kernel wil help

When i read your mesage i think off

1) change the kernel parameter "max. processes per user"
2) change the kernel parameter "max. allowed users"

the second one goes because each Xterm = 1 user

since i do not know with taste of UNIX you use i do not know how to change.

maybe you find in the syslog more information about the reason
# 3  
Old 06-26-2002
Bug And also

3) it can be a memory or swap problem
# 4  
Old 06-28-2002
Re: Can't create more pipe WRONG, you can't open another file

Originally posted by uabcbac
But after 18 opened xterm, I get this msg:

- couldn't create pipe: too many open files

I think your problem is NOT with pipes but rather with the number of files you have open.

There are kernel parms for files, on mine it is called nfiles for "nubmer of files open". You may have a kernel parm called nflocks. Number of file locks.

You need to look at increasing your kernel parms at least double or more from the default. I had to 4X my nflocks from 1024 to 4096 on one production box that has a very large Oracle DB on it.

# 5  
Old 07-01-2002
Thanks janr % Magnus


How do I change the my Kernel parms?

# 6  
Old 07-01-2002

Depends on the Unix type
# 7  
Old 07-01-2002

You will need to post your OS type so someone here can help you. There are many Gurus here who can offer advice on how to do that, but you must give us the OS Version and some system hardware info so that we can help you fix this.

Let me say that this MAY help fix your problem, but it may only be one part of the problem. If you have Vendor Support, I would use it. If not, go to the website of you flavor for online support site. Many versions have free online search databases.

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