Set the limit on a system resource
#include <sys/resource.h> int setrlimit( int resource, const struct rlimit * rlp ); int setrlimit64( int resource, const struct rlimit64 * rlp );
rlim_t rlim_cur; /* current (soft) limit */ rlim_t rlim_max; /* hard limit */
The rlim_t type is an arithmetic data type to which you can cast objects of type int, size_t, and off_t without loss of information.
Use the -l c option to qcc to link against this library. This library is usually included automatically.
The setrlimit() function sets the limits on the consumption of a variety of system resources by a process and each process it creates. The setrlimit64() function is a 64-bit version of setrlimit().
Each call to setrlimit() identifies a specific resource to be operated upon as well as a resource limit. A resource limit is a pair of values: one specifying the current (soft) limit, the other a maximum (hard) limit.
A process can change soft limits to any value that's less than or equal to the hard limit. A process may (irreversibly) lower its hard limit to any value that's greater than or equal to the soft limit. Only a process with an effective user ID of superuser can raise a hard limit. Both hard and soft limits can be changed in a single call to setrlimit(), subject to the constraints described above. Limits may have an “infinite” value of RLIM_INFINITY.
|RLIM_INFINITY is a special value, and its actual numerical value doesn't represent a valid size of virtual memory or the address space.|
The possible resources, their descriptions, and the actions taken when the current limit is exceeded are summarized below:
|RLIMIT_AS||(POSIX) The maximum size, in bytes, of a process's mapped address space.||If the limit is exceeded, the brk(), mmap(), and sbrk() functions fail with errno set to ENOMEM. In addition, the automatic stack growth fails with the effects outlined above.|
|RLIMIT_CORE||(POSIX) The maximum size, in bytes, of a core file that a process may create. A limit of 0 prevents the creation of a core file.||The writing of a core file terminates at this size.|
|RLIMIT_CPU||(POSIX) The maximum amount of CPU time, in seconds, that a process may use. This is a soft limit only.||SIGXCPU is sent to the process. If the process is holding or ignoring SIGXCPU, the behavior is defined by the scheduling class.|
|RLIMIT_DATA||(POSIX) The maximum size, in bytes, that a process's heap may be. In QNX Neutrino, RLIMIT_DATA covers all mappings made by the process that are MAP_ANON | MAP_PRIVATE that aren't MAP_STACK, which corresponds typically to heap allocations.||If the limit is exceeded, the brk(), mmap(), and sbrk() functions fail with errno set to ENOMEM.|
|RLIMIT_FSIZE||(POSIX) The maximum size, in bytes, of a file that a process may create. A limit of 0 prevents the creation of a file.||The SIGXFSZ signal is sent to the process. If the process is holding or ignoring SIGXFSZ, continued attempts to increase the size of a file beyond the limit fail with errno set to EFBIG.|
|RLIMIT_MEMLOCK||The maximum amount of memory that can be locked into physical memory (so it will never be paged out).|
|RLIMIT_NOFILE||(POSIX) One more than the maximum value that the system may assign to a newly created descriptor. This limit constrains the number of file descriptors that a process may create.|
|RLIMIT_NPROC||The maximum number of processes.||Attempts to create new processes fail.|
|RLIMIT_NTHR||The maximum number of threads.||Attempts to create threads (e.g. by calling pthread_create() fail.|
|RLIMIT_OFILE||Same as RLIMIT_NOFILE.|
|RLIMIT_RSS||The maximum resident set size for a process; the same as RLIMIT_AS.||Same as RLIMIT_AS.|
|RLIMIT_STACK||(POSIX) The maximum size, in bytes, that a process's stack may be.
The system will not automatically
grow the stack beyond this limit.
Within a process, setrlimit() increases the limit on the size of your stack, but doesn't move current memory segments to allow for that growth. To guarantee that the process stack can grow to the limit, the limit must be altered prior to the execution of the process in which the new stack size is to be used.
Within a multithreaded process, setrlimit() has no impact on the stack size limit for the calling thread if the calling thread isn't the main thread. A call to setrlimit() for RLIMIT_STACK impacts only the main thread's stack, and should be made only from the main thread, if at all.
|The SIGSEGV signal is sent to the process. If the process is holding or ignoring SIGSEGV, or is catching SIGSEGV and hasn't made arrangements to use an alternate stack, the disposition of SIGSEGV is set to SIG_DFL before it's sent.|
|RLIMIT_VMEM||Same as RLIMIT_AS.||Same as RLIMIT_AS.|
Because limit information is stored in the per-process information, the shell builtin ulimit command (see the entry for ksh in the Utilities Reference) must directly execute this system call if it's to affect all future processes created by the shell.
The values of the current limit of the following resources affect these parameters:
When using the setrlimit() function, if the requested new limit is RLIM_INFINITY, there's no new limit; otherwise, if the requested new limit is RLIM_SAVED_MAX, the new limit is the corresponding saved hard limit; otherwise, if the requested new limit is RLIM_SAVED_CUR, the new limit is the corresponding saved soft limit; otherwise, the new limit is the requested value. In addition, if the corresponding saved limit can be represented correctly in an object of type rlim_t, then it's overwritten with the new limit.
The result of setting a limit to RLIM_SAVED_MAX or RLIM_SAVED_CUR is unspecified unless a previous call to getrlimit() returned that value as the soft or hard limit for the corresponding resource limit.
A limit whose value is greater than RLIM_INFINITY is permitted.
The exec* family of functions also cause resource limits to be saved.
setrlimit() is POSIX 1003.1 XSI; setrlimit64() is Large-file support
brk(), execl(), execle(), execlp(), execlpe(), execv(), execve(), execvp(), execvpe(), fork(), getdtablesize(), getrlimit(), getrlimit64(), malloc(), mmap(), open(), sbrk(), signal(), sysconf()
ulimit builtin command (see the entry for ksh in the Utilities Reference)