Type: integer
Default: 1000
Min: 64
Max: 2147483647
Context: postmaster
Restart: true

Sets the maximum number of simultaneously open files allowed to each server subprocess. The default is one thousand files. If the kernel is enforcing a safe per-process limit, you don't need to worry about this setting. But on some platforms (notably, most BSD systems), the kernel will allow individual processes to open many more files than the system can actually support if many processes all try to open that many files. If you find yourself seeing Too many open files failures, try reducing this setting. This parameter can only be set at server start.


If you have a large database with many partitioned tables, you may want to increase this. Note that you will probably have to increase ulimits for the postgres user or system as well.