limits.conf not being read when logging in

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
gabriel@server:~$ ulimit -Hn

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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@info nope, no errors being reported

Any idea how to tell if 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 :)