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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?

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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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I am using Version: 4.37-0ubuntu1. I will try use the PPA though. – Bob Mar 18 '12 at 1:24
I just got the same problem. "pipe: Too many open files Error: Cannot find master process to attach to!". My ulimit -n is 1024, and it still crashes randomly when I set it to 2048. – Bob Mar 18 '12 at 4:13
Bob, you got the same problem after upgrading? What version? – Dustin Kirkland Mar 18 '12 at 15:58
The version is 5.16-0ubuntu1~ppa5 – Bob Mar 18 '12 at 20:45
I did ulimit -n 4096. This time byobu froze and used 100% cpu. I attached it with GDB and I got these 2 backtraces. – Bob Mar 18 '12 at 21:31

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