How to setup an EXT3 partition with more iNodes

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  • 17-Dec-2014
  • 07-Aug-2017


Retain (all builds) Linux


Retain says it is out of disk space but Linux shows it has space available. The iNodes are all used up. How can you set up a EXT3 partition to handle more iNodes?


One way to check for the inodes is to run a df command with the -i switch:
ExampleServer:~ # df -i

Filesystem       Inodes   IUsed    IFree IUse% Mounted on
/dev/sda2       2526384  247430  2278954   10% /

This issue is most likely caused because of a change made with SLES 11. This link will explain what happened and how to change this behavior:

Alternatively, use XFS or EXT4.

Additional Information

This article was originally published in the GWAVA knowledgebase as article ID 2427.