Getting lots of "kernel: VFS: file-max limit XXXXX reached" messages in logs, how do I fix it?

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Issue

/var/log/messages file continuously printing the following error message, what could be the problem and how to fix it?

Jan 29 19:53:50 kernel: VFS: file-max limit *XXXX* reached

Environment

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7

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