I'd be pretty surprised if this were a Perl limit,
unless it's one of those things you configure at
compile time (when you compile perl I mean) or is
a limitation of the compiler that compiled perl or
the standard C library it was compiled with or
somesuch like that.
More likely I
suspect you're hitting an OS limitation. This does
surprise me a little coming from OS X, but it's not
unheard-of. Earlier versions of MacOS had a global
system-wide limit, and it was preposterously low. I
think 9.0 *raised* the limit to like 256 or maybe 512,
and again that's global for all apps combined. If OS
X limits *each process* to 250, that seems inane, but
it's still an improvement.
My perl here can open a thousand files for output
(5.8.1 on Mandrake 9.2), but it doesn't seem to be
able to go much higher than that.
"Inappropriate ioctl for device", $! tells me on
about the 1022nd file. Again, this seems bad,
but I doubt it's perl's fault.
split//,".rekcah lreP rehtona tsuJ";$\=$;[-1]->();print
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