Change Mac OS X user Limits
I always had a process limitation problem on OSX. You may encounter this when you open too much applications. In my case, using iTerm, I easyily open far too much shells to servers I have to deal with.
You will then get a « login: fork: Resource temporarily unavailable » error message. When trying to start a new application, you will barely see the icon in the dock, then it will disapear. Now you’re in Troubble !
Hopefully, as OS X is a UNIX system, you have a solution. The only bad side is that you will have to reboot.
You will find a first solution if you are running Os X < 10.4 at http://www.macosxhints.com
If you are running Leopard (10.5.x), using the first trick will lead you to the Windows Server not running… Pretty anoying. Use SSH and put back the Windowserver in its place. This is what I did, with the help of the blog at http://ruminate.net/pdm :
Sudo -s to get a root shell. Then create the two files like :
cat /etc/launchd.conf limit maxproc 512 2048 limit maxfiles 512 unlimited
cat /etc/sysctl.conf # Turn up maxproc kern.maxproc=2048 # Turn up the maxproc per user kern.maxprocperuid=1024 # Remove core files kern.coredump=0
After a reboot, your max user process will be raised to 512 :
ulimit -a core file size (blocks, -c) 0 data seg size (kbytes, -d) 6144 file size (blocks, -f) unlimited max locked memory (kbytes, -l) unlimited max memory size (kbytes, -m) unlimited open files (-n) 512 pipe size (512 bytes, -p) 1 stack size (kbytes, -s) 8192 cpu time (seconds, -t) unlimited max user processes (-u) 512 virtual memory (kbytes, -v) unlimited