-bash: /bin/ls: Input/output error

Barton, Christopher cpbarton at uiuc.edu
Fri Jan 3 10:34:00 CST 2003

There were plenty of free file handles.  RH7.3 and above finally got that

On Fri, 3 Jan 2003, Thomas S. Dixon wrote:

> On Thu, 2 Jan 2003, at 9:04am, cpbarton at uiuc.edu wrote:
>  > After running without incident for 10 days or so, my system now enters a
>  > strange state each day where new processes cannot be created.  Every
>  > command results in the error message "Input/output error".
> I believe i've seen this behavior before when the system has exceeded 
> the maximum amount of open files. try the lsof command to see how many 
> open files you have (lsof | wc -l should give you an idea). Compare that 
> with the limit set in the kernel (cat /proc/sys/fs/file-max). 
> Fortunately, this limit can be changed without rebooting by issuing 
> "echo 16384 > /proc/sys/fs/file-max". replace 16384 with an appropriate 
> number, but i believe you can set this as high as you want without any 
> bad side effects. If upping this limit fixes the problem, you'll want to 
> make this change permanent, perhaps by adding a line to rc.local.
> Hope that helps,
> Tommy
> --
> Thomas Dixon
> Senior Applications Analyst
> Pediatric Cardiology
> Medical University of South Carolina

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