... I was telling the story in a reverse way - the problem initially was
there were often system complains that a process could not write to "/tmp"
from time to time. A "lsof | wc -l" shows it's over 19,000. I didn't
want to blindly raise the limit. That led me to dig deeper to find not
that it was caused by not enough file descriptors left on the system. When
stop Biomart it went down to ~3,000, comparable to our other servers.
This is consistantly repeatable.
Biomart runs well on RedHat 6 on our old server. Anything special for
RH7 that makes Biomart loops out too many open files?