The Linux kernel has many parameters that may be tuned, and are not well documented. Shared memory has been a big issue with big application like Oracle, Tibco, Webmethods on linux, This is the way to show you how to set limit of your used memory .
To determine the maximum size of a shared memory segment, run:
# cat /proc/sys/kernel/shmmax
The default shared memory limit for SHMMAX can be changed in the proc file system without reboot:
# echo 2147483648 > /proc/sys/kernel/shmmax
Alternatively, you can use sysctl(8) to change it:
# sysctl -w kernel.shmmax=2147483648
To make a change permanent, add the following line to the file /etc/sysctl.conf (your setting may vary). This file is used during the boot process.
# echo "kernel.shmmax=2147483648" >> /etc/sysctl.conf
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