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GETRLIMIT(2)		    BSD	System Calls Manual		  GETRLIMIT(2)

     getrlimit,	setrlimit -- control maximum system resource consumption

     Standard C	Library	(libc, -lc)

     #include <sys/types.h>
     #include <sys/time.h>
     #include <sys/resource.h>

     getrlimit(int resource, struct rlimit *rlp);

     setrlimit(int resource, const struct rlimit *rlp);

     Limits on the consumption of system resources by the current process and
     each process it creates may be obtained with the getrlimit() system call,
     and set with the setrlimit() system call.

     The resource argument is one of the following:

     RLIMIT_AS	     The maximum amount	(in bytes) of virtual memory the
		     process is	allowed	to map.

     RLIMIT_CORE     The largest size (in bytes) core(5) file that may be cre-

     RLIMIT_CPU	     The maximum amount	of cpu time (in	seconds) to be used by
		     each process.

     RLIMIT_DATA     The maximum size (in bytes) of the	data segment for a
		     process; this defines how far a program may extend	its
		     break with	the sbrk(2) function.

     RLIMIT_FSIZE    The largest size (in bytes) file that may be created.

     RLIMIT_MEMLOCK  The maximum size (in bytes) which a process may lock into
		     memory using the mlock(2) system call.

     RLIMIT_NOFILE   The maximum number	of open	files for this process.

     RLIMIT_NPROC    The maximum number	of simultaneous	processes for this
		     user id.

     RLIMIT_RSS	     The maximum size (in bytes) to which a process's resident
		     set size may grow.	 This imposes a	limit on the amount of
		     physical memory to	be given to a process; if memory is
		     tight, the	system will prefer to take memory from pro-
		     cesses that are exceeding their declared resident set

     RLIMIT_SBSIZE   The maximum size (in bytes) of socket buffer usage	for
		     this user.	 This limits the amount	of network memory, and
		     hence the amount of mbufs,	that this user may hold	at any

     RLIMIT_STACK    The maximum size (in bytes) of the	stack segment for a
		     process; this defines how far a program's stack segment
		     may be extended.  Stack extension is performed automati-
		     cally by the system.

     RLIMIT_SWAP     The maximum size (in bytes) of the	swap space that	may be
		     reserved or used by all of	this user id's processes.
		     This limit	is enforced only if bit	1 of the vm.overcommit
		     sysctl is set.  Please see	tuning(7) for a	complete de-
		     scription of this sysctl.

     RLIMIT_NPTS     The maximum number	of pseudo-terminals created by this
		     user id.

     A resource	limit is specified as a	soft limit and a hard limit.  When a
     soft limit	is exceeded a process may receive a signal (for	example, if
     the cpu time or file size is exceeded), but it will be allowed to con-
     tinue execution until it reaches the hard limit (or modifies its resource
     limit).  The rlimit structure is used to specify the hard and soft	limits
     on	a resource,

	   struct rlimit {
		   rlim_t  rlim_cur;	   /* current (soft) limit */
		   rlim_t  rlim_max;	   /* maximum value for	rlim_cur */

     Only the super-user may raise the maximum limits.	Other users may	only
     alter rlim_cur within the range from 0 to rlim_max	or (irreversibly)
     lower rlim_max.

     An	"infinite" value for a limit is	defined	as RLIM_INFINITY.

     Because this information is stored	in the per-process information,	this
     system call must be executed directly by the shell	if it is to affect all
     future processes created by the shell; limit is thus a built-in command
     to	csh(1).

     The system	refuses	to extend the data or stack space when the limits
     would be exceeded in the normal way: a brk(2) function fails if the data
     space limit is reached.  When the stack limit is reached, the process re-
     ceives a segmentation fault (SIGSEGV); if this signal is not caught by a
     handler using the signal stack, this signal will kill the process.

     A file I/O	operation that would create a file larger that the process'
     soft limit	will cause the write to	fail and a signal SIGXFSZ to be	gener-
     ated; this	normally terminates the	process, but may be caught.  When the
     soft cpu time limit is exceeded, a	signal SIGXCPU is sent to the offend-
     ing process.

     Upon successful completion, the value 0 is	returned; otherwise the
     value -1 is returned and the global variable errno	is set to indicate the

     The getrlimit() and setrlimit() system calls will fail if:

     [EFAULT]		The address specified for rlp is invalid.

     [EPERM]		The limit specified to setrlimit() would have raised
			the maximum limit value, and the caller	is not the su-

     csh(1), quota(1), quotactl(2), sigaltstack(2), sigvec(2), sysctl(3),

     The getrlimit() system call appeared in 4.2BSD.

BSD				August 20, 2008				   BSD


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