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Because I'm getting errno=24 on a few queries in my testing environment (Fedora 18 running mysql-server.x86_64 5.5.31-1.fc18), I'm trying to increase the open files limit for mysqld.

I have already changed the OS limits in /etc/security/limits.conf, and switching to the mysql user I can test with ulimit -a that they did take effect.

I have also added the following to /etc/my.cnf

open_files_limit = 10000

and restarted the service (and even the physical machine) multiple times, but checking the variables while the server's running, open_files_limit is always 1024. I tried open-files-limit as well, since some of the examples I found online conflicted or were ambiguous, but with the same result.

Thinking maybe the file wasn't being read, I tried adding another variable, and sure enough, if I add and change other variables, they are updated in the runtime variable values, but never the open_files_limit.

So my next thought was that maybe the my.cnf file is being superseded by another one somewhere else on the system, but

[root@host /]# find . -name "*y.cnf"

So I don't think there are any other cnf files (plus, the locations listed at the dev site don't have it).

I'm at a loss- what could be causing mysql not to accept the value for open_file_limit?

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What did you put in limits.conf? –  Michael Hampton Jun 10 '13 at 18:30
limits.conf has mysql soft nofile 24000 and mysql hard nofile 32000. For the moment, I'm more interested in getting it to take new values than picking optimal ones. –  kaz Jun 10 '13 at 19:14
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