Software development notes - Ryan Lanciaux

Running Jest on Linux

August 17, 2017

I frequently switch between devices and operating systems and recently ran into a strange bug when running unit tests in Linux. Jest would run just fine on macOS and Windows, but when I ran my tests on Linux I would receive an error message mentioning ENOSPC. This error traditionally means the hard drive is out of space.

In my case, however, I was running into an issue because I was attempting to monitor more files than the default limit in Ubuntu. Running the following command seems to fix the issue:

echo fs.inotify.max_user_watches=582222 | sudo tee -a /etc/sysctl.conf && sudo sysctl -p

This permanently updates the amount of watchers on the system avoiding the issue that was previously encountered. See here for a more detailed explanation


Ryan LanciauxWritten by Ryan Lanciaux. Ryan is a developer based out of Ann Arbor who programs in many languages. He is the author of Griddle (react data-grid) and other various open source projects.

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