Limiting the usage of a resource (memory, disk space, CPU time, open files, network bandwidth, …) by a process or a group of processes.

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Make disk/disk copy slower

Is there a method of slowing down the copy process on Linux? I have a big file, say 10GB, and I'd like to copy it to another directory, but I don't want to copy it with full speed. Let's say I'd like ...
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Control Dropbox upload rate on the command line

I'm using Dropbox without the GUI in Linux. I would like to limit the upload rate, sometimes large files eats my internet bandwidth. Anyone knows how I do that?
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Is the Linux implementation of the system configuration “variable” ARG_MAX different from other system variables and is it POSIX compliant?

In the shell, as explained in this this Q&A in the context of expansion, depending on the system, the maximum length of a command's argument is initially constrained by the kernel setup. The ...
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How does one determine the amount of space allocated to their command line?

How would one go about determining the amount of space allocated to their system for command lines. Is there anything else I need to be concerned with?
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do changes in /etc/security/limits.conf require a reboot?

do changes in /etc/security/limits.conf require a reboot before taking effect? Like if I have a script that sets the following limits in /etc/security/limits.conf, does this require me to reboot ...
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Error: permission denied on key 'fs.file-nr'

# sysctl -w fs.file-nr=131072 error: permission denied on key 'fs.file-nr' Same issue when I edit /etc/sysctl.conf and try sysctl -p. Any reason why I cannot edit this value? I am on CentOS 6.5
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Does OpenBSD have a limit to the number of file descriptors?

What's the maximum number of file descriptors that a process can get on OpenBSD successfully? For example, there is an openfiles limit in login.conf(5) in OpenBSD. If I want to have as many file ...
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Limit CPU cycles inside of Xen

I'd like to run some minimum-expectation benchmarks on EC2, but I'm having an issue of high variability in my output data. Specifically, they keep giving me more CPU than I'm minimally entitled to, ...
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JVM memory limit on Linux (Debian)

When running my java program, I get following error: Exception in thread "main" java.lang.OutOfMemoryError: Requested array size exceeds VM limit I am wondering how I can increase the limits on my ...
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How can I allow a user to prioritize a process to negative niceness?

I want a user to run a specific process on the system with a negative nice value. I can't simply fork the process to background as this specific program is a minecraft server and I rely on the command ...
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Traffic shaping with tc does not work

I want to limit the outgoing traffic to a specific bandwidth. My Code: tc qdisc add dev vif1.0 root handle 1: htb default 30 tc class add dev vif1.0 parent 1: classid 1:1 htb rate 1mbit tc class add ...
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starts logging when the limits are hit

/etc/security/limits.conf. The file is responsible to limit resources of users/groups on a Linux server. Unfortunately, the file does not generate any logs (or the case could be that I do not really ...
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Limiting the total size of samba's vfs_recycle by pruning oldest deleted files first

Running SerNet Samba 4.0.9 on CentOS 6.4 serving as an AD DC and fileshare for XP clients. Added recycler per the example here. My concern is that the recycle dir will eventually grow large. ...
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No virtual memory (-v) item in output of ulimit -a

When I run command ulimit -a, I see no virtual memory item in the list of output of the command. It is unlimited for some user IDs though. Does that mean I am assigned no virtual memory?
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Does linux kill heavy and long running background processes after they reach some threshold?

If I start a really heavy (memory/cpu intensive) running really long running process will the OS terminate it after a period of time arbitrarily? I.e. are there any limits beyond which the OS would ...
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equivalent to 'cpusets' for gpu's

I work with clusters of computers and manage the nodes with torque and Moab. A user is able to submit a job to a node, and request the amount of resources they need. #The following submits the job ...
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How to circumvent “Too many open files” in debian

If I want to see all relevant log files of my apache2 server at once, I use tail -f /var/kunden/logs/*log /var/kunden/logs/*log /var/log/apache2/*log |grep -v robots|grep -v favicon But since those ...
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sudo: ulimit: command not found

I was using ubuntu 12.04 ,on which I run ulimit -n ,it is showing 1024, I want to increase my open file limit from 1024 to 65535,so I tried the following command: sudo ulimit -n 65535 but i get the ...
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limiting size of logfile from a variable

How can I limit the size of a log file, which is saved in the form of 'foo.txt', from within a bash script please? I want to put in the variables 'LOGFILE=50 mb' and it uses that size, or whatever ...
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SSH login attempts per minute per IP

How can i limit SSH login attempts per minute per IP ? I want to disable login attempts during 5 seconds after a failure. Is this possible ? I'm not talking about ban a user after parsing logs like ...
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Externaly limiting number of CPU cores used

I need to externally limit a process/session to a certain number of cores. Are there any other possibilities than CPU affinity (I don't like the need to specify the actual cores) and cgroups (hard to ...
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Can the “du” program be made less aggressive?

We have a regular job that does du summaries of a number of subdirectories, picking out worst offenders, and use the output to find if there are things that are rapidly rising to spot potential ...
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Modify ulimit (open files) of a specific process

Is it possible to change the soft - and hard limit of a specific process? In my case, my process is mongod and a lot of web resources tell me to simply execute: ulimit -n <my new value> My ...
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How many users does Linux support being logged in at the same time via SSH?

I know Linux supports multiple users being logged in at the same time. But what's the maximum number of users that can be logged into Linux at the same time? I see there are there are 69 tty files ...
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understanding how to run script securely as limited user

I'm a long time dev but linux newbie. I've been building this (http://tryperl.com) to learn linux. So, my question is just about some *nix stuff I don't fully grok. One of the things I want to do is ...
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Httpd : no space left on device

I am using Fedora 17 and over the last few days I am having an issue with my system. Whenever I try to start httpd it shows me: Error: No space left on device When I execute systemctl status ...
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How to solve this memory issue gracefully?

I have a standard Linux (Debian testing) laptop, with a swap partition. I do a lot of experiments with it. Some of them are really memory hungry and the way Linux behaves by default is an issue for ...
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What is “automatic stack expansion”?

getrlimit(2) has the following definition in the man pages: RLIMIT_AS The maximum size of the process's virtual memory (address space) in bytes. This limit affects calls to brk(2), mmap(2) and ...
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Can I limit the number of inotify watches available to a process or cgroup?

I am consistently running out of inotify resources, leading to errors along the lines of: # tail -f /some/files tail: inotify resources exhausted tail: inotify cannot be used, reverting to polling ...
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Can I limit connections per second for certain UserAgents using UFW?

GoogleBot is hitting my server hard - and even though I have set the CrawlRate in Webmaster Tools it is still hiking up the load on my server and slowing down Apache for the rest of the normal web ...
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How to modify ulimit for open files on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10.4 permanently?

SERVER:/etc # ulimit -a core file size (blocks, -c) 0 data seg size (kbytes, -d) unlimited file size (blocks, -f) unlimited pending signals (-i) 96069 ...
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How to avoid 4 core limit for Ubuntu within VMWare?

I have Ubuntu installed as VM on my laptop. My laptop has quad core with HT technology making it 8 cores. Within Ubuntu VM I can only use max of 4 cores. What should I do so I can access all 8? ...
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Are limits.conf values applied on a per-process basis?

I'm tuning the nofile value in /etc/security/limits.conf for my oracle user and I have a question about its behavior: does nofile limit the total number of files the user can have open for all of its ...
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Can't add large number of rules to iptables

I made a very simple bash script (echo at start, runs commands, echos at end) to add approx 7300 rules to iptables blocking much of China and Russia, however it gets through adding approximately 400 ...
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How do you increase MAXSYMLINKS

In a python script, I am creating a bunch of symbolic links chained together. example: link1->link2->link3->.......->somefile.txt I was wondering how you can change the max number of symlinks to be ...
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Permanently change per-process stack size

When I use ulimit -s to change the per-process stack size, it only lasts for that login; if I restart the setting is lost. How can I permanently change the maximum stack size on my system?
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How to limit ftp speed

I have multiple users on a server. They upload and download their files through FTP. Sometimes some heavy transfer causes high load on the server. I am wondering, if there is any way to limit the ftp ...
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How to Throttle per process I/O to a max limit?

I'm looking for a way to limit a processes disk io to a set speed limit. Ideally the program would work similar to this: $ limitio --pid 32423 --write-limit 1M Limiting process 32423 to 1 megabyte ...
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How to constrain the resources an application can use on a linux web server

This is the situation: I have a PHP/MySQL web application that does some PDF processing and thumbnail creation. This is done by using some 3rd party command line software on the server. Both kinds of ...
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What is a canonical way to find the actual maximum argument list length?

Following ARG_MAX, maximum length of arguments for a new process it seems like ARG_MAX is wrongly (or at least ambiguously) defined on my Mac Mini 3,1 running Ubuntu 12.04: $ getconf ARG_MAX # ...
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Is there an upper limit to the number of zombie processes you can have?

I used to work with an HP-UX system and the old admin told me there is an upper limit on the number of zombie processes you can have on the system, I believe 1024. Is this a hard fact ceiling? I ...
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Preventing tar from using too much CPU and disk (old laptop crashes if 100%)

I want to backup 1 terabyte of data to an external disk. I am using this command: tar cf /media/MYDISK/backup.tar mydata PROBLEM: My poor laptop freezes and crashes whenever I use 100% CPU or 100% ...
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Limiting a specific shell's internet bandwidth usage

I want update my linux in one shell but by default wget or axel in updater use all the bandwidth. How can I limit the speed in this shell? I want other shells to have a fair share, and to limit ...
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How can I read lines at a fixed speed?

I need to read a large log file and send it over a local network using (netbsd) netcat between two VMs on the same host workstation. I know that netcat has an interval, but as far as I can tell, the ...
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Throttling web crawlers

My website is being DoS'ed by Google webspiders. Google is welcome to index my site, but sometimes it is querying a tagcloud on my site faster than my webserver can produce the results, making my ...
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Why is number of open files limited in Linux?

Right now, I know that: Find open files limit per process: ulimit -n Count all opened files by all process: lsof | wc -l Get maximum open files count allowd: cat /proc/sys/fs/file-max My ...
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How to create a user with limited RAM usage?

So I have 4 GB RAM + 4GB swap. I want to create a user with limited ram and swap: 3 GB RAM and 1 GB swap. Is such thing possible? Is it possible to start applications with limited RAM and swap ...
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ulimit PICKLE: “Operation not permitted” and “Command not found”

I'm trying to increase the maximum number of open files for the current user > ulimit -n 1024 I attempt to increase and fail as follows > ulimit -n 4096 bash: ulimit: open files: cannot ...
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How to limit available virtual memory per process

Occasionally some processes on my GNU/Linux desktop (such as gv and gnash) use up the physical memory and cause thrashing. Since these processes aren't important, I want them to be automatically ...
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Why is the following command killing a system?

Anyone understand the following code , running in bash ? :(){ :|:& };: It seems to be a "fork" bomb on Linux.