Re: Kernel: Unable to load interpreter

Niels de Carpentier (
Wed, 30 Apr 1997 23:31:02 +0200 (MET DST)

> JURY, SHAWN C. 1LT writes ...
> >
> > Hello all,
> >
> > I cannot agree that it is a problem with not enough memory for the
> > users. I have a system that is also running v2.0.29. I have come
> If people want to reproduce this, my memory eater produces "Unable to load
> interpreter" fairly often. I noticed but ignored the problem during my
> investigations leading to my recent "No swap => pathological paging" post.

It's easier to reproduce it, just write a program which eats all file
handles. I tried this, and it gives File Table Overflow if there are no more
file handles. If you free one, it gives unable to load interpreter.

The bad thing is that you can render your machine useless with this. There
should be 10 file handles reserved for root, but this isn't working. So if
there are no more file handles, and there are no processes which release
file handles, the only thing you can do is press reset.