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Re: Running Out of Inodes

From: Dr. Arne Babenhauserheide
Subject: Re: Running Out of Inodes
Date: Mon, 15 Nov 2021 07:46:11 +0100
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Vincent Legoll <> writes:

> Hello,
> On Sun, Nov 14, 2021 at 7:58 PM Jaft via <> wrote:
>> Heh, – well – I tried the large_dir suggestion in that thread and GRUB had
>> the same freak-out (in retrospect, not surprising as the E-mails are only 
>> from
>> 2020; dunno why I thought I'd seen 2017, on first read…).
> There's a "2017" mention in the thread referenced by Petr, maybe that's where
> you saw it.
>> using a root partition of about 46G
>> About 17 packages in, I started getting a "No space left on device" error;
>> looking closer at it, – while I still had ~20% of free disk space available –
>> I was fresh out of free inodes.
> If your problem is really being out of free inodes, I don't think the
> "large_dir"
> option is your solution, because it only increase the number of files per
> directory limit, it does not increase the available number of inodes.
> Maybe you should manually create the filesystem with mke2fs and specify
> a bigger number of inodes with its "-N" parameter.

The small-filesystem option to mkfs.ext4 (-T small) could help, because
it gives a higher fraction of inodes. This helps if you have very many
small files. See

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