tail -f <filename_to_tail>I got error:
tail: die Inotify-Resourcen sind erschöpft tail: Inotify kann nicht verwendet werden, es wird auf Pollen zurückgegriffenFor those of you having english locale, you'd see:
tail: inotify resources exhausted tail: inotify cannot be used, reverting to pollingWhile looking around I've found following to be valuable in understanding the problem and solving it:
- Stackoverflow: Permanent fix to tail: cannot watch `log/development.log': No space left on device
- Inotify support on Linux (instantaneous reports, no I/O load)
To see the currently set limit (including output on my machine), I executed:
cat /proc/sys/fs/inotify/max_user_watches 8192Well, I had to decide about the limit. So I went for 1048576 (not sure why :) ). To set it I've found 2 solutions.
Temporary solution (not preserved across restarts)As I'm used to sudo, I went for:
sudo echo 1048576 > /proc/sys/fs/inotify/max_user_watches -bash: /proc/sys/fs/inotify/max_user_watches: Keine BerechtigungOK, not working. Complaining about user rights on /proc/sys/fs/inotify/max_user_watches. Then based on: How do I use sudo to redirect output to a location I don't have permission to write to? I went for:
sudo sh -c 'echo 1048576 > /proc/sys/fs/inotify/max_user_watches'which worked, as the command proofs:
cat /proc/sys/fs/inotify/max_user_watches 1048576The problem is that the value is reset each time I rebooted.
Permanent solution (preserved across restarts)Adding line:
/etc/sysctl.conffixed the limit value permanently (even between restarts).
Deeper analysisHowever if you're interested to investigate problem in deep, it would be good idea to find out who is using the resources. There seem to be an idea at unix.stackexchange: Who's consuming my inotify resources?.
for foo in /proc/*/fd/*; do readlink -f $foo; done | grep inotify | sort | uniq -c | sort -nrHowever for me it didn't show any output I could analyse to dig deep.
On the other hand I convinced myself that Dropbox is guilty here. Even though I have no proof for that (just read on some of the sources where someone suspected the same service).