RHDS and error message ldap_modify: DSA is unwilling to perform, additional info: nsslapd-maxdescriptors: invalid value

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Issue

A ldapmodify command fails against a Red Hat Directory Server (RHDS), to set nsslapd-maxdescriptors with a value above 1024, with the following error:

ldap_modify: DSA is unwilling to perform
ldap_modify: additional info: nsslapd-maxdescriptors: invalid value "4096", maximum file descriptors must range from 1 to 1024 (the current process limit).  Server will use a setting of 1024.

The message "DSA is unwilling to perform" is a quite generic error.

In this issue, the additional info of the error message does not indicate why there is an invalid value.

Environment

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5
  • Red Hat Directory Server 8.0 and 8.1 (example with redhat-ds-base-8.1.1-1.el5dsrv)

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