What to do w/accept when too-many-files-open

Eric Brown yogieric at gmail.com
Tue Jan 22 07:46:02 CET 2008


I have put my server socket into non-blocking mode and added a  
watcher. Everything works fine. My callback gets called and I call  
accept. However, when accept returns -1 with errno EMFILE (too many  
files open), I just exit out of my callback. But it is called again  

I suppose at this point I could count the number of file descriptors  
my program is using, stop the watcher, and when one of my file  
descriptors is closed, start accepting again. Not only is that  
tedious, but I'm not even sure it works as I think the reason I got  
into this state is old crashed clients in time-wait state.

Instead, is there some way I can tell the callback to be called less  
often (say every second)? I suppose I could just stop the callback and  
create a timer to start it again... or is there a better way?

I don't want to up the ulimit at this point - I just want to properly  
handle this condition.


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