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Old 02-27-2004, 04:25 PM   #1
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too many files on system ?!?

okay well after about five minutse of being on my Linux computer programs won't open. I tried to edit a file by using the terminal command and this is what I received

** (gedit:13168): WARNING **: Failed to send buffer
** (gedit:13168): WARNING **: Too many open files in system locking '/tmp/orbit-root/bonobo-activation-register.lock'
Failed to execute /usr/libexec/bonobo-activation-server: 9 (Bad file descriptor) 
GLib-ERROR **: Cannot create pipe main loop wake-up: Too many open files in system
here's the stuff when I type df just incase you need it

Filesystem           1K-blocks      Used Available Use% Mounted on
/dev/hda2              3322360   2159096    991772  69% /
/dev/hda3             11359808   2805064   7968372  27% /home
/dev/hdc                538494    538494         0 100% /mnt/cdrom
/dev/fd0                  1663      1209       454  73% /mnt/floppy
Old 02-27-2004, 04:32 PM   #2
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Looks like a gnome thing rather than a linux-problem.

Try a different desktop.

Old 02-27-2004, 04:45 PM   #3
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I hate KDE and I didn't install it does anyone know what I'm to do?
Old 02-27-2004, 05:38 PM   #4
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Have you tried restarting Gnome? I run KDE mainly, but I use Evolution on a regular basis, and I've found problems related to "bonobo-activation-server". Sometimes when I launch Evolution I get several errors and the interface is empty (nothing in inbox, icons missing, all very odd), but once I kill the bonobo-activation-server process, Evolution launches fine. So you might try simply restarting Gnome. If that doesn't work for you (and I'd think you'd probably have tried that by now), you could try deleting the .lock file and then starting Gnome.
Old 02-27-2004, 06:08 PM   #5
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It might be of interest to see the output of ulimit -n which will tell you the maximum number of open file descriptors. I'm not actually sure how to set this to a default higher value in Linux. In most Unix systems this involves setting a kernel parameter.

getrlimit/setrlimit are system calls that relate to this same issue. Have alook at their man pages. ulimit is found on the bash man page.


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