DefaultTasksMax / TasksMax / UserTasksMax

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP2 and later ServicePacks
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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications 12 SP2 and later ServicePacks
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications 15 GA and later ServicePacks


Sometimes default resource limitations are too resctricting and TasksMax values need adjusting.

Setting TaskMax values:


DefaultTasksMax only used in /etc/systemd/system.conf

Example of /etc/systemd/system.conf file:


In .unit files directly using TasksMax 
Example for sshd.service in /etc/systemd/system/sshd.service.d/override.conf file:


For all users in /etc/systemd/logind.conf or specific user in /etc/systemd/logind.conf.d/userid.conf file using UserTasksMax .

Example of /etc/systemd/logind.conf file:
UserTasksMax = 12288

Example of /etc/systemd/logind.conf.d/repair1.conf file: 



Looking system level DefaultTasksMax :

systemctl show --property DefaultTasksMax

which will return:

Looking for sshd.service TaskMax value:

systemctl status sshd.service |grep -e Tasks

which will return:
     Tasks: 1 (limit: 18100)

Looking for what is the current TasksMax set for user:
Example: Checking TasksMax value for user repair1 which uid is 1001 .
This translates to user-slice : user-1001.slice
Now knowing the user-slice we can check the TasksMax value :

systemd-analyze dump | sed -n "/-> Unit user-1001.slice:/,/-> Unit /p"| grep -e "TasksMax="

which will return :


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  • Document ID:000015901
  • Creation Date: 26-Feb-2020
  • Modified Date:11-Mar-2020
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications

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