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Apache error – “Too many open files”

OK, our high load server went down this evening and Apache was spitting out these “Too many open file” error messages. Then asking me to increase the file descriptors.

Note: We have over 7000 virtualhosts on this server, so that’s a lot of logfiles open! Before anyone says i’m crazy, I’m not. The server load is absolutely fine and it’s not even breaking a sweat. IO times are fine also.
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