[FIXED] Too many open files error on LiteSpeed Web Server
Website is crashing on traffic spike? Website facing 503 Service Unavailable error? Webserver throwing the following errors in the logs.
[ERROR] [*:443] HttpListener::acceptConnection(): Accept failed:Too many open files!
/usr/local/lsws/cachedata/priv/1/a/6/1a68a623c1d9ccbc: open() failed: Too many open files
Such errors occur when open limits on the server are exhausted by the web server and other services. “Too many open files” errors happen when a process needs to open more files than it is allowed by the operating system.
We will increase these limits on the server by following few steps discussed below.
- Login to the root user of the server.
- Edit /etc/security/limits.conf file and append the file using the following lines and save it.
* soft nproc 327680
* hard nproc 655350
* soft nofile 327680
* hard nofile 655350
root soft nproc 327680
root hard nproc 655350
root soft nofile 327680
root hard nofile 655350
@someuser soft nproc 327680
@someuser hard nproc 655350
@someuser soft nofile 327680
@someuser hard nofile 655350
Note: Here @someuser is the Linux user on which your website is making requests. Generally, it will be the Linux user where your website files are stored.
- Similarly, Edit /etc/sysctl.conf file and append the file using the following lines and save it.
fs.file-max = 655350
fs.nr_open = 655350
net.core.netdev_max_backlog = 131070
net.core.somaxconn = 655350
net.ipv4.tcp_max_syn_backlog = 3240000
net.ipv4.tcp_max_tw_buckets = 1440000
net.ipv4.tcp_window_scaling = 1
vm.swappiness = 30
- Run the following command to apply the changes.
- Create a conf file /etc/systemd/system/lsws.service.d/override.conf , with content to increase limit for process launched by systemd.
- Reload daemons and lsws service
systemctl daemon-reload && systemctl restart lsws
You can raise the limits as per your requirement as it depends on the traffic count and how much busy the server is.