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Set custom shell fork bomb limits

Feature Importer shared this idea 10 years ago

As a Server Administrator, I want to set custom shell fork bomb limits, so that some applications are not killed.

- Django (due to persistent user processes on the system via wsgi)

- RoR (due to persistent user processes on the system via Passenger)

- cPanel backups

- IMAP logins


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This also affected my server, it prevented my sync software from syncing files to it. The Fork Bomb Protection sets a limit of 100 which overrides all other regular system methods including /etc/profile, /etc/profile.d/ and limits set in PAM. It drove me nuts trying ot figure out why the ulimit settings I had for my sync user were being ignored, until I started poking around in WHM, figuring this must be one of those cases where cPanel was blindly overwriting system settings. This feature, as it is designed, is of no use to me on my server or anyone else who needs a higher ulimit for certain users or groups.

Fork bomb protection would be much better if it worked *with* the system settings, rather than be a separate setting that overrides them all. It should be a proper front end to the system ulimits, which allow per-group and per-user settings.

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Any progress on that ? We're having a lot of issues with the ulimit set by the shell fork protection.

We're currently setting it manually in and limits.csh, but we would like to have a better solution.

We see this error in RoR and NodeJS currently.

A simple 'npm install' create problems because it open too many files for the ulimit.

Thank you in advance.

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