Change max_open_files mariadb in rocky linux 8.6

Hello all, I hope will be fine. Can I help me with this theme in rocky linux 8.6 with my mariadb server. I am trying to change the variable max_open_files and I have this error when restart mariadb

[Warning] Could not increase number of max_open_files to more than 1024 (request: 80417)

I made some changes in /etc/security/limits.conf and /etc/security/limits.d/90-nproc.conf of this way:

Added in /etc/security/limits.conf

*               soft    nofile          102400
*               hard    nofile          102400
*               soft    nproc           102400
*               hard    nproc           102400


*               soft    nofile          102400
*               hard    nofile          102400
*               soft    nproc           102400
*               hard    nproc           102400
root            soft    nproc           unlimited

The changed on the limits was susefully but when I put in /etc/my.cnf max_open_files=102400n and restart the value not change

MariaDB [(none)]> show variables like "open_files_limit";
| Variable_name    | Value |
| open_files_limit | 1024  |
1 row in set (0.001 sec


What do can don to make effective the change or I am making something wrong in the configuration process?

Rocky Linux 8.6 (Green Obsidian) in google cloud | Kernel: Linux | mysql Ver 15.1 Distrib 10.3.32-MariaDB |

Add it to /etc/my.cnf.d/mariadb-server.cnf.


Hello @dgxa

plus what @joebeasley3 said

check the limit on the os first using
ulimit -n as it MariaDB will not exceed the limit of the operating system
check this one to increase the system limit

i guess you use systemD to start your db so thiss one would help also

hope that help and have a nice day everyone :slight_smile:

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If it’s for Mariadb only, you should not be changing those files, and anyway, are you really saying you’re going to allow 102400, and why?

Back in the real world; let’s say you want to change the limits of the Rocky 8.6 version of Mariadb from 1024 to 2048, the way to do that is using a systemd drop in (to avoid messing with the systemd service file). The systemd edit command can be used to create a drop in.

@joebeasley3 this is my /etc/my.cnf


When reestart mariadb the same result


According to limits set in /etc/security/limits.conf or /etc/security/limits.d/*.conf are ignored.

From shell, execute

systemctl edit mariadb.service

and edit


Exit and execute

systemctl daemon-reload
systemctl restart mariadb.service

This is one of the three ways to change the open file limits and the more effective. I make this procedure and my file limits change to

show variables like “open_files_limit”;
| Variable_name | Value |
| open_files_limit | 70005 |

I increment the open file limits to 800000 in /etc/systemd/system/mariadb.service.d/limitnofile.conf but variable increment to 70005. Now my doubt is why the variable not show 800000