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Old 01-16-2015, 10:59 AM   #1
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os reports disk full but i still see some space

I remember there is this record that the OS uses to keep track of each file. and if this file runs out of space then we would get this error. but i can't recall the name of it or how to fix it. I think it is called inodes or something like that?

are you guys famaliar with what I am talking about?
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Yes, Disk files and directories occupy inodes.

To see their usage, open a terminal and issue:
df -i
Hope that helps.
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When you create a file system in a partition it creates a large number of inodes.

Each file needs approximately one inode.

You can create more inodes - but it is very unlikely that you have run out anyway.

The only scenario which can cause this kind of problem is if you create a small
file system and then you extend it, so it becomes a large file system.
(And you put lots of small files in it).

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You need to provide more information. What is telling you the filesystem is full? What is telling you there is still available space? What is the output of "df -h" and "df -i"?

It's probably one of two things:
1) You're looking at multiple filesystems. One of them is full, the other is not.
2) You've run out of user space on the filesystem, but there is still some space left that's reserved for root only (defaults to 5% on ext filesystems).

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