Switchboard uses the
fsnotify under the hood to watch and handle the event stream. As a result, there are OS-specific limits as to how many watches can be created:
- Linux: /proc/sys/fs/inotify/max_user_watches contains the limit, reaching this limit results in a "no space left on device" error.
- BSD / OSX: sysctl variables "kern.maxfiles" and "kern.maxfilesperproc", reaching these limits results in a "too many open files" error.