i was getting some strange errors and crashes on some apps including the finder. I figured out it happens due to the kern.maxfiles kern.maxfilesperproc settings

i was following the advice from here Why won't kern.maxfiles setting in /etc/sysctl.conf stick?

i created the /etc/sysctl.conf and added those lines


but after restarting the same default settings of 10240 are applied. I also made sure that trailing spaces are removed.

As this article is quite old i was thinking if something might have changed in macOs. Can anyone help me getting this sorted?

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I found the solution. Actually sysctl.conf file works when starting the computer in safe-mode. So i removed the sysctl.conf and then removed all launchDaemons and started the computer normally. Suddenly the defaults for kern.maxfiles and kern.maxfilesperproc where around 200000/100000. I copied one after the other launchDaemon back and restarted. It turned out that two .plists caused the values to go down to 10240, wich are related to Anydesk:


I contacted the developers of Anydesk about my findings and hope they will optimize their software.

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