Adam Matan Adam Matan - 3 months ago 23
Linux Question

Check the open FD limit for a given process in Linux

I recently had a Linux process which "leaked" file descriptors: It opened them and didn't properly close some of them.

If I had monitored this, I could tell - in advance - that the process was reaching its limit.

Is there a nice, Bash\Python way to check the FD usage ratio for a given process in a Ubuntu Linux system?


I now know how to check how many open file descriptors are there; I only need to know how many file descriptors are allowed for a process. Some systems (like Amazon EC2) don't have the




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Count the entries in /proc/<pid>/fd/. The hard and soft limits applying to the process can be found in /proc/<pid>/limits.