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Growing XFS and still not able to write files, enough free space

One of the XFS filesystems at work almost ran out of space recently, so I extended the Logical Volume it was on, followed by xfs_growfs. This worked fine, df -h showed enough free space for the upcoming data. In the XFS FAQ I read that by default all inodes are placed in the first 1 TB of disk, which could lead to problem. Therefore, I added the inode64 option to the mount options and ran

mount -o remount

on the partition.

While reviewing my log messages this morning I noticed a lot of

No space left on device

messages for that filesystem. Having this inode64 option in mind I wondered what went wrong. Although df -h and df -i showed enough free space and free inodes, respectively, I still couldn’t create a file. Again the XFS FAQ had an entry for that, but it puzzled me, because I was already using the inode64 option. Since the filesystem wasn’t in use I decided to completely unmount it and then mount it again. That worked. Apparently -o remount is not enough to enable the inode64 option.

1 Comment

  1. Bugs are better than blogs ;) Did you report this to the list or the appropriate bugzilla?

    Had you done an xfs_growfs before this? You might have run into a bug introduced in v3.7, fixed recently by:

    [PATCH 1/2] xfs: allow inode allocations in post-growfs disk space

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