Byobu crashes saying “pipe: Too many open files y”

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Problem :

I am using Ubuntu Server 11.10.

I will leave byobu running. But every few hours it will automatically close saying

“pipe: Too many open files y”.

What does this mean and how do I fix it?

Solution :

This is Bug #713879. What version of Byobu are you running? I added some checks in version 4.43 (Ubuntu 11.10 shipped with 4.37). You can upgrade to the lastest version by running

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:byobu/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install byobu

Full disclosure: I’m the author and maintainer of Byobu.

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