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Unable to fork new process in Linux/Unix (2007790)

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  • Unable to fork a new process in Linux/Unix.
  • The error log contains the error:

    [error] (12)Not enough space: fork: Unable to fork new process

  • The server is unable to handle additional connections.


This issue occurs when the system has run out of file handles, which prevents the httpd process from creating the necessary number of processes if you are using the prefork MPM.


To resolve this issue, increase the number of file descriptors available to httpd.
To check the number of hard and soft file descriptors available on the system, run the command:
ulimit -n
To increase the number of file descriptors available to httpd, run the command: 
ulimit -n number
Where number is the number of file descriptors available to httpd
For example:
ulimit -n 2048
Contact your operating system provider for more information about file descriptors and the ulimit command.
Note: This command can be added to a system startup file or the script for the affected instance.

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