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Unix Tip #4636- November 19, 2020
REBOOTING BECAUSE OF FORK BOMBS
There is nothing more frustrating
for an Administrator who has to
reboot system due to fork bomb
(the number of processes in the
system reaches the maximum limit
when a user, even a superuser,
tries to execute some command, the
system will respond with Vfork
In Solaris under SPARC, this can be
controlled by specifying a line in
And reboot the system. Now a user
can have maximum of 64 processes
under his ownership. By default
the 'maxuprc' value is
16*maxusers - 5 where
'maxusers' is another tunable
parameter in /etc/system
Caution : You should have a backup
of /etc/system file before you make
the changes. So that you can revert
back to old system file using
boot -a option in case of
inconsistent system file.
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