[Dirvish] Opps... out of iNodes...

Isaac W Traxler traxler at lsu.edu
Tue Aug 14 01:50:23 UTC 2012

Our solution is to use a separate LVM for each dirvsh backup.

We have a little script that adds a machine to the dirvish config and 
automatically creates the LVM.

Every once in a while we run into an inode problem (we have a script that 
shows both space and inodes for a df).

When I encounter one of those machines with lots of little files, I simply 
create a new LVM, rsync over all the data, delete the old LVM and rename 
the new LVM and all goes on.

I have had to do this 3 times out of 56 (so far). We start with a fairly 
small initial parition and grow it slowly so we can discover inode running 
out instead of space early on (before it takes to long ot rsync).

I run a monitoring program (xymon) that checks for file systems that are 
filling up. SO each morning, I look to see who has passed the 80% 
threshhold and deal with it.

With 56 file systems (currently) about once or twice a week I get to 
increase a file system (a simple script to do this for ext3). I could do 
it a lot less often by simply increasing 3 or 4 of the file systems by a 
bigger amount, but I like keeping an eye on it (easier to see an atypical 

Isaac Traxler                             AIX,Linux Admin
Louisiana State University                traxler at lsu.edu
High Performance Computing                225-578-1923
LONI AIX Clusters
AIX, Linux Support

On Tue, 14 Aug 2012, Don Gould wrote:

> Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2012 01:06:30 +0000
> From: Don Gould <don at bowenvale.co.nz>
> Reply-To: Dirvish user and developer mailing list <dirvish at dirvish.org>
> To: Dirvish user and developer mailing list <dirvish at dirvish.org>
> Subject: [Dirvish] Opps... out of iNodes...
> After 2 years of loving dirvish I hit the 24m nodes on the disk I was
> using, which I think is ext3 formated.
> Moving forward this is not idea.
> What is the best format for disks so as not to hit this issue?
> My current config is just a boring spare old box, but moving forward I'm
> going to be using a spare VPS[1] on another box to do back ups.
> Server is set up with XEN with dom0 living on a raid1 disk set the LVM
> pat's for each VM.  VM's are then using ext3 formating on the VM (I think).
> What are peoples thoughts?
> [1] ps - ya the vps is on a different physical machine to the data I'm
> backing up, not quite that silly.... ;)
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