I am running a rather heavy Java Server program on OS 10.2 client machine. Sometimes, we hit the file descriptor limit and get the "too many open files" Java error. As an immediate workaround, I wondered whether we could raise the max file limits, which is set a default of 256, to a higher value.
I wanted to know what would be the effect on the system (if any) if I do raise the limit value to say 512 or 1024. Would I run a greater risk of the machine bucking down ? Do help.
I don't think this is an os issue. Darwin does provide for a limit on open programs. But not on open documents/files. The HFS+ file system can support millions of files, too.
I think your error lies in either these Java Server programs, or Java. Ask the creator of the program, maybe they'll know.