Bug 156352 - [kernel] [patch] misleading "maxproc limit exceeded by uid" message
Summary: [kernel] [patch] misleading "maxproc limit exceeded by uid" message
Status: Open
Alias: None
Product: Base System
Classification: Unclassified
Component: kern (show other bugs)
Version: 8.2-STABLE
Hardware: Any Any
: Normal Affects Only Me
Assignee: freebsd-bugs mailing list
Depends on:
Reported: 2011-04-12 14:20 UTC by lampa
Modified: 2017-12-31 22:27 UTC (History)
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Description lampa 2011-04-12 14:20:10 UTC
The message 

maxproc limit exceeded by uid xxxx, please see tuning(7) and login.conf(5) 

can be misleading when user hits his process limit. In this case notice
about maxproc and tuning is pointless, the message shoud be rather:

user xxxx process limit exceeded, see ulimit -u and login.conf

Short history.

Rev 1.171 (2002) changed handling of user proclimit to "goto fail" -
the same as for maxproc case. Rev 1.203 (2003) added the message with
this comment:
Add a ratelimited message of the form
"maxproc limit exceeded by uid %i, please see tuning(7) and login.conf(5)."

Which will be triggered whenever a user hits his/her maxproc limit or
the systemwide maxproc limit is reached.


/* Can't copy and clear. */
        if ((flags & (RFFDG|RFCFDG)) == (RFFDG|RFCFDG))
@@ -339,6 +340,7 @@
        if ((nprocs >= maxproc - 10 && priv_check_cred(td->td_ucred,
            PRIV_MAXPROC, 0) != 0) || nprocs >= maxproc) {
+               msg = "maxproc limit exceeded by uid %i, please see tuning(7) and login.conf(5).\n";
                error = EAGAIN;
                goto fail;
@@ -359,6 +361,7 @@
        if (!ok) {
+               msg = "user %i process limit exceeded, please see ulimit -u and login.conf(5).\n";
                error = EAGAIN;
                goto fail;
@@ -803,8 +806,7 @@
        if (ppsratecheck(&lastfail, &curfail, 1))
-               printf("maxproc limit exceeded by uid %i, please see tuning(7) and login.conf(5).\n",
-                   td->td_ucred->cr_ruid);
+               printf(msg, td->td_ucred->cr_ruid);
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--- kern_fork.c.old     2011-04-12 15:04:57.000000000 +0200
+++ kern_fork.c 2011-04-12 15:08:48.000000000 +0200
@@ -216,6 +216,7 @@
        struct vmspace *vm2;
        vm_ooffset_t mem_charged;
        int error;
+       const char *msg;
Comment 1 Hiren Panchasara freebsd_committer 2013-05-15 08:41:46 UTC
Responsible Changed
From-To: freebsd-bugs->hiren

Comment 2 Eitan Adler freebsd_committer freebsd_triage 2017-12-31 07:59:20 UTC
For bugs matching the following criteria:

Status: In Progress Changed: (is less than) 2014-06-01

Reset to default assignee and clear in-progress tags.

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