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Howto modify systemd DefaultTasksMax / TasksMax / UserTasksMax settings

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


In certain occasions the default resource limitations are not sufficient, or perhaps found to be too restrictive, and some of the of the systemd's TasksMax settings may need specific adjustments.



Changing the TasksMax values:

The global DefaultTasksMax is configured only in /etc/systemd/system.conf

Example of the  /etc/systemd/system.conf file:
The TasksMax setting for Unit/Service files can be configured as below 

Example for sshd.service in /etc/systemd/system/sshd.service.d/override.conf file:

All Users:
The TasksMax setting for all users can be done in /etc/systemd/logind.conf file using UserTasksMax .

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

Individual Users:
Create a drop-in for the individual user.  For example, if the target user's UID is 1001, create:


Upon the next login by that user, the value should come into effect.  You could also give the following command to change the user's current value on-the-fly:
systemctl set-property user-1001.slice TasksMax=18000

Additional Information

Verifying the current settings :

  • Looking at the system level DefaultTasksMax settings:
systemctl show --property DefaultTasksMax
which will return:
  • Looking for a service (e.g.:  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 a specific user:
As example:
Checking TasksMax value for user repair1 which uid is 1001.
This translates to user-slice : user-1001.slice

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:14-May-2021
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications

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