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Date:      Tue, 29 Nov 2011 11:07:00 +1100
From:      "Murray Taylor" <>
To:        "Howard Goldstein" <>, <>
Subject:   RE: too many open files
Message-ID:  <E194A4DE220BBE4FAF3AB7C4E7EDA08601D57165@svmailmel.bytecraft.internal>
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>On 11/27/2011 22:07, Murray Taylor wrote:
>> I have have the same issue on a 8.0-RELEASE box and found with
>> fstat the tgam_server was holding 12511 open files ...
>> A what purpose does this serve (google seems to indicate
>> that it is to speed up file access....)
> File alteration monitoring
>> B howinhell can I clobber it so it releases the files OR
>> (preferably) doesn't start doing this or anything...?
>Create a gaminrc.  I stole the template from the first google hit on=20
>"gaminrc" and stuck it in /usr/local/etc/gamin/gaminrc

Hi Howard et al,

My  /etc/gamin/gaminrc contains this

fsset ufs none
fsset msdosfs none

and I still have 16564 files associated with gam_server in fstat out
of 17424 open files reported by sysctl kern.openfiles

It appears that gam_server doesn't play nice with kill -HUP ( there are
6 processes running)
and also doesn't play nice with x-org/KDE as I can often
get a program hang/crash as the kernel bitches about too many open files
Kmail is particularly susceptible to this.

What actually initiates it as there appears to be no related entry
in either /etc/rc.d or /usr/local/etc/rc.d ?

Currently, it is a waste of space to me, and a cause of program

Murray T

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