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Maximum number of processes Linux 2.6 kernel can handle

For average desktop user this information has no value at all.

However if you run Linux based server for your business or you are part of Linux support team, you should always aware of various limitations such as maximum file / parition size, maximum RAM or CPU limitations etc.

Maximum process or threads for Linux kernel 2.6

  • Maximum number of threads: 32000
  • Maximum number of threaded processes: 32000
  • Maximum number of processes: 32000

For more information please read official Linux kernel documentation and source code.

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  • Jonathan Rogers April 11, 2009, 5:02 am

    I’m not sure where you got your information, but it’s completely bogus. Linux has allowed the maximum number of threads to be changed at run time since 2.4. The default maximum is set based on total RAM, but that doesn’t stop you from setting it to whatever you want.

  • ami choksi May 14, 2010, 2:19 pm

    How to find the limits specified by you from a particular pc on linux through command or grepping file?

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