Elasticsearch fails with error Increase RLIMIT_MEMLOCK (ulimit)

Well, basically, that means you have too low memlock limit setting in your OS. This can be easily fixed in two steps:

1) Edit /etc/security/limits.conf file and add to the end:

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  1. * hard memlock unlimited
  2. * soft memlock unlimited

2) Add a line in the /etc/pam.d/common-session file:

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  1. session required pam_limits.so

that’ll make sure your limits are loaded for every session.

3) Reboot the server.

4) Check your limits via:

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  1. ulimit -l

if all went well it should return unlimited as an output.

P.S. As always, do all changes on your own risk and don’t forget to backup before experimenting.