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testparm in samba may produce this message:

rlimit_max: rlimit_max (8192) below minimum Windows limit (16384) 

This appears be be resolved by increasing the max open file limit using this Linux command ulimit -n 16384..

Is this a safe change for the typically Samba box? Where should this setting be stored so that it will be available to the samba service on boot?

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Limit is taken from /etc/security/limits.conf.

you show your actual limit with ulimit -n

you can change it by editing (or adding) line

*               -       nofile          16385

and reload your env param (or exit shell and enter again shell).

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