How many files my Linux system can open?

You can find out how many files your Linux system can open just executing:
# cat /proc/sys/fs/file-max

Also you can change this value:
# echo “104854” > /proc/sys/fs/file-max
# cat /proc/sys/fs/file-max
104854

Source: http://www.netadmintools.com/art295.html

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