Ulimit Command Unusable on RHEL 3.0 (Doc ID 261220.1)

Last updated on FEBRUARY 02, 2009

Applies to:

Linux Kernel - Version: 3.0
Red Hat Advanced Server
Red Hat Linux RHEL 3.0
SLES AMD64

Symptoms

[Checked for relevance on 02-Feb-2009]

Updating a soft limit using 'ulimit' command you receive an error message similar to:
'-bash: ulimit: max user processes: cannot modify limit: Operation not permitted'

Changes

You have updated "/etc/security/limits.conf" with the appropriate information regarding soft&hard limit
And
in "/etc/pam.d/login" you have this entry 'session required /lib/security/pam_limits.so'

Cause

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