Jira server: IO exception "Too many open files" then crashes

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Platform notice: Server and Data Center only. This article only applies to Atlassian products on the server and data center platforms.


Jira is running out of open files descriptors in Linux environment eventually failing completely to function leading to a crash.

You can see similar exceptions in the logs:

2017-05-14 14:43:25,674 http-nio-8080-exec-10 ERROR anonymous 883x135283x1 1lds68b, /rest/usermanagement/1/search [c.a.p.r.c.error.jersey.ThrowableExceptionMapper] Uncaught exception thrown by REST service: java.io.FileNotFoundException: /opt/atlassian/jira/atlassian-jira/WEB-INF/lib/spring-security-crypto-3.1.0.RELEASE.jar (Too many open files)
java.lang.IllegalStateException: java.io.FileNotFoundException: /opt/atlassian/jira/atlassian-jira/WEB-INF/lib/spring-security-crypto-3.1.0.RELEASE.jar (Too many open files)
at org.apache.catalina.webresources.AbstractSingleArchiveResourceSet.getArchiveEntry(AbstractSingleArchiveResourceSet.java:97)
at org.apache.catalina.webresources.AbstractArchiveResourceSet.getResource(AbstractArchiveResourceSet.java:260)
at org.apache.catalina.webresources.StandardRoot.getResourceInternal(StandardRoot.java:280)
at org.apache.catalina.webresources.CachedResource.validateResource(CachedResource.java:95)
at org.apache.catalina.webresources.Cache.getResource(Cache.java:69)
... 4 filtered

2022-08-03 12:59:03,285+0300 http-nio-8080-exec-907 url: /rest/idalko-grid/1.0/servicedesk/names/ITHD-22412; user: charlie ERROR charlie 779x16193639x2 14tlt8c, /rest/idalko-grid/1.0/servicedesk/names/ITHD-22412 [c.a.p.r.c.error.jersey.ThrowableExceptionMapper] Uncaught exception thrown by REST service: failed to create a child event loop
  java.lang.IllegalStateException: failed to create a child event loop
    at play.shaded.ahc.io.netty.util.concurrent.MultithreadEventExecutorGroup.<init>(MultithreadEventExecutorGroup.java:88)
    at play.shaded.ahc.io.netty.util.concurrent.MultithreadEventExecutorGroup.<init>(MultithreadEventExecutorGroup.java:58)
    at play.shaded.ahc.io.netty.util.concurrent.MultithreadEventExecutorGroup.<init>(MultithreadEventExecutorGroup.java:47)



Diagnostic Steps

  • Confirm the Open files limits on the OS and for Jira using below commands:

    cat /proc/<Jira_PID>/limits  
    cat /proc/sys/fs/file-max

    Open files should show as more than 1024 for default and something like 8192 or more for Jira.
    OS one coming from file-max should be much bigger, it is set on kernel level typically can be bigger than 500k and can reach more than 1 million files.

  • Look for what kind of files are opened by Jira using the command:

    lsof -p <Jira_PID> >Jira_open_files.txt

    Usually you might see some files like the below in the list:

    java    14317 xpkjir1p   78r   DIR             253,30      4096   7212034 /usr/local/pr/Jira_Software/atlassian/application-data/jira/com.deiser.jira.exporter
    java    14317 xpkjir1p   79r   DIR             253,30      4096   7212034 /usr/local/pr/Jira_Software/atlassian/application-data/jira/com.deiser.jira.exporter
    java    14317 xpkjir1p   80r   DIR             253,30      4096   7212034 /usr/local/pr/Jira_Software/atlassian/application-data/jira/com.deiser.jira.exporter
    java    14317 xpkjir1p   81r   DIR             253,30      4096   7212034 /usr/local/pr/Jira_Software/atlassian/application-data/jira/com.deiser.jira.exporter


Jira installed with one these plugins on the respective versions:

They cause Jira to create a lot of open temp files and thus will consume the whole open files allowed for the Jira process eventually. 



Table Grid Next Generation and Table Grid Editor

Not available.

Increasing the file limit will not stop the open files from increasing. Open file count will increase until the limit is reached.



For Exporter plugin upgrade to version 2.1.5:

  • Below are the steps provided by the plugin Vendor:

Version 2.1.5  Released 2017-07-01  Supported By DEISER  Paid via Atlassian  Commercial

Resolved the problem that was affecting only Jira instances installed on a CentOS/RedHat and was causing that with the time a lot of processes keep opened and was causing an impact on the instance.

IMPORTANT! If you have a CentOS/RedHat distribution, we strongly recommend following these instructions to prevent malfunctions:

1) Uninstall Exporter

2) Reboot Jira (this will close the previous open connections)

3) Install Exporter again, the latest version (2.1.5)

Thank you so much for your patience and reporting.If you have further problems don't hesitate to contact us at our Service Management.

Table Grid Next Generation and Table Grid Editor

Please downgrade to a lower version than the affected versions. Known versions that do no have the problem are:

Table Grid Editor: 1.29.17

Table Grid Next Generation: 1.13.2-jira8

After downgrading the plugin(s), you'll still need to reboot Jira for the open files to be closed.

Last modified on Nov 23, 2022

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