semget errors in FreeBSD Jail’s

We got some semget errors when trying to start uwsgi inside a FreeBSD jail . The solution is to set some /boot/loader.conf variables


But we still had some problems in the jail after reboot . It turns out FreeBSD sysctl variable security.jail.sysvipc_allowed defaults to 0, that is ipc by default is disabled for jails. Note that issuing:

# sysctl security.jail.sysvipc_allowed=1

and restarting the jail isn’t enough, ’cause /etc/rc.d/jail will reset that variable upon jail restart, you’d also have to have this in /etc/Rc.conf


and you’re able to start jails with ipc support .

This is explained in more detail at
Wonder what all these cryptic sysctl variable names mean ? try:

# sysctl -d kern.ipc.shmmni
kern.ipc.shmmni: Number of shared memory identifiers

Also note that: I ran into an other problem where a lot of ipc semaphores where taken but not released, I wrote a small script to fix that:


ipcs | grep [username] | awk '{print $2}' > sem.txt
for i in `cat sem.txt`; do 
 ipcrm -s $i; 

substitute [username] with the username of the users semaphores you’d want to delete .

2 comments on “semget errors in FreeBSD Jail’s

  1. Matt Simerson December 24, 2015 8:19 am

    Thank you for this! I’ve been wrestling with what it was that was keeping my ZFS filesystems “busy,” guessed it had something to do with “allow.sysvipc = 1;” being set, and this was exactly the info I needed. Many thanks!

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