[clug] kernel options

Daniel cottmain at plug.linux.org.au
Tue Aug 5 23:48:29 EST 2003

On Tue, 2003-08-05 at 20:49, Martijn van Oosterhout wrote:
> On Tue, Aug 05, 2003 at 02:02:08PM +1000, Andrew wrote:
 I've been looking into some kernel options - mostly raising 
> > some basic limits (like max open files) - I know a lot of this can be 
> > done on the fly with changes to the proc file system.... But can anyone 
> > point me to some 2.4 series hard-coded options? (most of the guides I 
> > have found are for the 2.2 or 2.0 series). ... snip ...
> Hard-coded? Are there still any of those?
> The user-modifiable parameters are generally under /proc/sys/. The names
> are relativly self explanitory. man proc gives a summary of a lot of the
> options, most of the rest are in the documentation of the kernel source.
> Hope this helps,
> -- 
> Martijn van Oosterhout   <kleptog at svana.org>   http://svana.org/kleptog/

Thanks Andrew and Martijn - this is heading me in the right direction
for a diagnosis of why I can't copy a really huge maildir directory.
/proc/sys/fs# cat file-max
I read above and wonder what happens if I set the number too high - does
it just slow down the system or something worse?

thanks for your timely pointer,

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