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Are limits.conf values applied on a per-process basis?

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http://unix.stackexchange.com – I'm tuning the nofile value in /etc/security/limits.conf for my oracle user and I have a question about its behavior: does nofile limit the total number of files the user can have open for all of its processes or does it limit the total number of files the user can have open for each of its processes? Specifically, for the following usage: oracle hard nofile 65536 (HowTos)