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Old 03-20-2004, 07:23 AM   #1
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Unhappy getrlimit is setting soft and hard limits to -1, why?

Hello everyone, this is my first post to LinuxQuestions. I am learning to program in Linux, using C, from the book Beginning Linux Programming by Matthew and Stones. One of the examples in the book deals with setting the soft and hard limits for the resources. For some reason when I run the program, typed exactly as it is in the book, I am getting the value -1 for both the rlim_cur and rlim_max data members. I have checked that the getrlimit function did not fail, as it did not return -1.
Below is my code, can anybody explain to me what is happening? Many thanks.

#include <math.h>
#include <sys/types.h>
#include <sys/resource.h>
#include <sys/time.h>
#include <unistd.h>
#include <stdio.h>

void work()
FILE *f;
int i;
double x = 4.5;

f = tmpfile();
for(i=0; i<10000; i++) {
fprintf(f, "Do some output\n");
if(ferror(f)) {
fprintf(stderr, "Error writing to temporary file\n");

for(i=0; i<1000000; i++)
x = log(x*x + 3.21);

int main()
struct rusage r_usage;
struct rlimit r_limit;
int priority;

getrusage(RUSAGE_SELF, &r_usage);

printf("CPU usage: Use = %ld.%06ld, System = %ld.%06ld\n",
r_usage.ru_utime.tv_sec, r_usage.ru_utime.tv_usec,
r_usage.ru_stime.tv_sec, r_usage.ru_stime.tv_usec);

priority = getpriority(PRIO_PROCESS, getpid());
printf("Current priority = %d\n", priority);

if((getrlimit(RLIMIT_FSIZE, &r_limit))<0)
printf("Error here!");

printf("Current FSIZE limit: soft = %ld, hard = %ld\n",
r_limit.rlim_cur, r_limit.rlim_max);

r_limit.rlim_cur = 2048;
r_limit.rlim_max = 4096;
printf("Setting a 2K file size limit\n");
setrlimit(RLIMIT_FSIZE, &r_limit);

Old 03-22-2004, 01:31 AM   #2
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Welcome to LQ FunkMeisterMaz,

RLIM_INFINITY, which is equal to -1, is the value of resources that have no limit. So, if RLIMIT_FSIZE's soft and hard limit = -1, that means there is no limit on file sizes.

Old 03-22-2004, 06:34 AM   #3
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I see, thank you very much! Now it makes sense :-)



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