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kernel tuning parameters--semaphore facility

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How do the ipc tuning parameters relate? Specifically, I have an application that suggests I boost semmni up to "a large value". If I boost semmni, what else should I boost?

What is a reasonable figure for "a large value"?

This particular app is IBM MQ Series v5, under Solaris 2.5.1 on an UltraSparc with 256 MB memory, but I have seen similar vague instructions on other OS's/applications.

Thanks,
Kai.
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by:procguy
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Kai,

Any excellent series of articles on shared memory and semaphores under Solaris appeared in SunWorld magazine in Sept & Oct '97.

The links are as follows:

http://www.sunworld.com/sunworldonline/swol-09-1997/swol-09-insidesolaris.html

and

http://www.sunworld.com/swol-10-1997/swol-10-insidesolaris.html

Read these and you'll obtain a good understanding of how to tune the OS for an app or apps.

If you have any questions, I'll help the best I can.  I'm betting at tuning for Web servers and databases though, but the principles are the same.

procguy

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by:kai_hintze
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Bingo. I had found a couple of other SunWorld articles lauding the dynamic memory allocation in Solaris 2.5.1 so that tuning wasn't necessary, but I knew that couldn't be the whole story, or why weren't the programs working. These articles give some useful guidelines.

Thanks!

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hae you try setting the pt_cnt to higher value.... certain program won't run if the pseudo-ttys is too low

set the pt_cnt to higher value

set pt_cnt=100  

the default value is 48

check your kernel parameter by typing sysdef

however always a good practice to backup your /etc/system before changing anything....
the change to 100 should not do anything bad to your system...  

hope that help
bluepet
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