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authorAdam Tkac <>2008-10-15 22:01:45 -0700
committerLinus Torvalds <>2008-10-16 11:21:31 -0700
commit0c2d64fb6cae9aae480f6a46cfe79f8d7d48b59f (patch)
treef0080c63a78a021cc3404e12e205e3b82e982427 /kernel/ksysfs.c
parentb4236f81f2347096df650fb072f50d67bb6066a2 (diff)
rlimit: permit setting RLIMIT_NOFILE to RLIM_INFINITY
When a process wants to set the limit of open files to RLIM_INFINITY it gets EPERM even if it has CAP_SYS_RESOURCE capability. For example, BIND does: ... #elif defined(NR_OPEN) && defined(__linux__) /* * Some Linux kernels don't accept RLIM_INFINIT; the maximum * possible value is the NR_OPEN defined in linux/fs.h. */ if (resource == isc_resource_openfiles && rlim_value == RLIM_INFINITY) { rl.rlim_cur = rl.rlim_max = NR_OPEN; unixresult = setrlimit(unixresource, &rl); if (unixresult == 0) return (ISC_R_SUCCESS); } #elif ... If we allow setting RLIMIT_NOFILE to RLIM_INFINITY we increase portability - you don't have to check if OS is linux and then use different schema for limits. The spec says "Specifying RLIM_INFINITY as any resource limit value on a successful call to setrlimit() shall inhibit enforcement of that resource limit." and we're presently not doing that. Cc: Michael Kerrisk <> Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <> Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <>
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