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limits.conf not being read when logging in

  • Posted July 16, 2014

I have 2 entries in my limits.conf,

*		hard		nofile		10240
*		soft		nofile		4096

but running ulimit -Sn or ulimit -Hn only displays the default values.

gabriel@server:~$ ulimit -Sn
1024
gabriel@server:~$ ulimit -Hn
4096

It works fine on one server but on another it’s as if they’re being ignored. I did have a problem with apt-get autoremove for some old kernels on this one server which I didn’t have on the other, I didn’t note it down but I’m quite able to reboot.

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Hi! What OS is the server running?


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@info nope, no errors being reported

Any idea how to tell if pam_limits.so is corrupted?

It’s not for root just normal users, it works on other droplets fine, it used to work on this droplet but for some reason doesn’t anymore. Have rebooted a few times :)

Add the following line to both /etc/pam.d/common-session and /etc/pam.d/common-session-noninteractive

session required pam_limits.so

After that, log out and log in again.

Ubuntu 14.04