Starting udev: udevd inotify_init failed: too many open files (Doc ID 2257765.1)

Last updated on JULY 06, 2017

Applies to:

Linux OS - Version Oracle Linux 5.2 to Oracle Linux 7.3 [Release OL5U2 to OL7U3]
Linux x86
Linux x86-64

Symptoms

After a server has been restarted after patching - The error below can possibly be witnessed during boot and the same error is visible in /var/log/boot.log

Starting udev: udevd inotify_init failed: too many open files

Due to udev fails to start, network and bonding interfaces are missing (including modules/drivers).

Cause

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