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Last couple of weeks I have been having issues with trying to load a large modpacks.
I've used the PBO filler mod from a previous pbo issue to test it, but also used workshop mods.

Issue seems when enabling Battleye it block's the ability for a player to join a server.
When disabling Battleye and using the exact same mods players can join fine.
This does happen however when a number of PBO's have been met.


Operating System
Linux x64
Operating System Version
Debian 9/7
Steps To Reproduce

Set up a machine with Debian (possibly also happens with other distributions). I used Debian 9 (4.9.0-4-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 4.9.65-3+deb9u1 (2017-12-23) x86_64) for my own local testing,
While I also got a dedicated server running Debian 7 (3.2.0-4-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 3.2.96-2 x86_64) where the same happens.

Run some mods (filler mod found here) 1000 should do the job.

Make sure Battleye is running in server.cfg

BattlEye = 1;
battleyeLicense=1; // Possibly not needed

Start server running the mod(s) and using the config.

And join server and see that you will get stuck on a never ending loading screen trying to get into the lobby/mission select screen.

Now disable Battleye,

BattlEye = 0;
battleyeLicense=0; // Possibly not needed

Start server again same mods and edited settings.

Join server and now you will/should be able to join.

Additional Information

Few logs files (rtp) of some runs on Debian 9 Local VM Server.

Few logs on Debian 7 Dedicated server (using actual Workshop content)

Event Timeline

JasperRab created this task.Mar 6 2018, 9:59 PM

Issue still persists on 1.82.

Wulf changed the task status from New to Acknowledged.Apr 17 2018, 12:51 PM
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Thank you for the report. We will see what can be done.

Hello there! We do experience that problem on the 1.84, ubuntu 18
file limits are set:
hard nofile 500000

  • soft nofile 500000

root hard nofile 500000
root soft nofile 500000

  • hard core 100000

same issue on Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS (GNU/Linux 4.15.0-33-generic x86_64).
is not a open files limit problem - i have set all parameters correctly:
fs.file-max = 2097152

'* hard nofile 500000'
'* soft nofile 500000'


arma3server@linux:~$ cat /etc/pam.d/common-session|grep limits
session required

arma3server@linux:~$ ulimit -a
core file size (blocks, -c) 100000
data seg size (kbytes, -d) unlimited
scheduling priority (-e) 0
file size (blocks, -f) unlimited
pending signals (-i) 128564
max locked memory (kbytes, -l) 16384
max memory size (kbytes, -m) unlimited
open files (-n) 500000
pipe size (512 bytes, -p) 8
POSIX message queues (bytes, -q) 819200
real-time priority (-r) 0
stack size (kbytes, -s) 8192
cpu time (seconds, -t) unlimited
max user processes (-u) 128564
virtual memory (kbytes, -v) unlimited
file locks (-x) unlimited

Arma3 Server Log:
10:00:07 BEServer: cannot find channel #1084005264, users.card=0
10:00:07 BattlEye Server: Connected to BE Master
10:05:10 BEServer::finishDestroyPlayer(1084005264): users.get failed

RE: "Thank you for the report. We will see what can be done.":
the solution is very simple: modify FD SETSIZE to 65535 in "".

do you always react so slowly to the critical errors?

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kllrt added a subscriber: kllrt.Sep 5 2018, 12:56 PM

I see in logs that "Filler PBO" is being used. Can you try without it?

I see in logs that "Filler PBO" is being used. Can you try without it?

So try without mods basically?

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raupov added a subscriber: raupov.Sep 5 2018, 7:56 PM

Could you please run under strace with and without BE?

strace -f -o armaserver.w_be -s 999 -t ./arma3server <blah-blah>
strace -f -o armaserver.wo_be -s 999 -t ./arma3server <blah-blah>

log onto lobby, ensure you've got "users.get failed" with BE, kill server and share both files?

Well, i've managed to reproduce issue with ~610-620 PBOs

and it's definitely not related to limits -

it seems like it dies when client fd gets onto range > 1024

In attached trace file problem can be found somewhere around 7:02:29

@tsipa740, thank you for reproducing this error.
we have the same result.
we have determined the following limit for the amount of your own PBO files: 640 - 643 PBO
we wait until the BIS development accepts and solves the problem.

@Dwarden, when will this ticket be assigned?

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