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Fernando Santagata
August 8, 2020 19:31
Re: zef: too many files in ~/.raku/short
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Hi Timo,

Thanks for your reply.
I solved the problem cleaning the directory and reinstalling all the

In the future I will keep the thing monitored, so should it happen again
I'll be able to dig deeper into it.

On Sat, Aug 8, 2020, 19:16 Timo Paulssen <> wrote:

> Hi Fernando,
> do you happen to have the exact error message? The simplest search through
> the zef source didn't find anything related, so perhaps it was actually
> "too many open files" caused by a too-low limit on open file descriptors?
> `ulimit -a` on my system gives me `Maximum number of open file descriptors
> (-n) 1048576` because i have set it to "a very high value" at some point in
> the past in /etc/security/limits.conf, but some systems have it at an
> obnoxiously low number.
> Obviously we don't want zef to open billions of file descriptors just to
> go through a directory or something, so tracking that down further could be
> interesting if that is the case.
>   - Timo
> On 01/08/2020 22:46, Fernando Santagata wrote:
> Hello,
> I found out that on my system at a certain point zef was unable to read
> the content of ~/.raku/short and because of that to install any other
> module.
> According to zef there were too many files in that directory and indeed
> there were a lot of subdirectories.
> I don't know what happened, because I try to keep my installation lean and
> I uninstall old versions of all the modules that I update.
> Is it possible that zef failed to update that directory content when, I
> don't know, a module fails to install or something like that, leaving
> behind unused directories?
> Has that happened to anyone else?
> --
> Fernando Santagata

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