kernel error : grow_inodes inodes max limit reached

kernel error : grow_inodes inodes max limit reached

Post by Christian Stang » Tue, 23 Jan 2001 19:08:52


I'm running SuSe Linux 2.2.13 as a proxy and it is running well for
months now. Today I received the message mentioned in the subject.

df -i tells me : Inodes 1808128 IUsed 141664 IFree 1666464 IUse 8%

Does anyone have an idea what's the problem?

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1. kernel: grow_inodes: inode-max limit reached

Hello everybody,

I have the problem that every night at 00:00 my linux kernel produces
the message: "kernel: grow_inodes: inode-max limit reached"

I know how to read and modify the kernel parameters with the help
of the /proc filesystem and I am also aware of the fact that
a cron job could started at 00:00 could be responible (Although
I wasn't able to identify it)

But my question aims at another direction:

On the net I found a text
where you can read, that file-handels and inode-handles are dynamically
allocated by
the kernel but not freed again?
Does somebody know whether this is on purpose for efficiency or
or if it is a bug?

Secondly - and even more important for me - if the number of used inodes
is bigger then inode-max, does that mean that the system will no longer
work reliable, or is this pre shrink method mentioned in
( something that
will work very well?

By the way, I can increase the values of inode-max and file-max. But are
there any upper limits for these values I cannot go beyond?

Thanks in advance for help or pointers...

Thanks in advance,

Markus Jochim

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