You may have seen an error similar to the following, preventing PostgreSQL or another service from running properly:
2020-08-01 15:55:53 EDTFATAL: could not create shared memory segment: Invalid argument
2020-08-01 15:55:53 EDTDETAIL: Failed system call was shmget(key=5432002, size=146268160, 03600).
2020-08-01 15:55:53 EDTHINT: This error usually means that PostgreSQL's request for a shared memory segment exceeded your kernel's SHMMAX parameter. You can either reduce the request size or reconfigure the kernel with larger SHMMAX. To reduce the request size (currently 146268160 bytes), reduce PostgreSQL's shared memory usage, perhaps by reducing shared_buffers or max_connections.
This guide will show you how to raise the SHMMAX limit in CentOS/CloudLinux 7.
Log in to SSH as the root user or open the WHM Terminal as the root user and run the following command:
The output of the above command will be a number representing the current limit. You will need to modify this configuration file using your preferred editor via SSH or the WHM Terminal as the root user:
If this section doesn't already exist, you can create it:
The new limit should replace the #########.
After updating the limit in the file, you can reload the configuration with this command:
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