Can't install FreeBSD-amd64-9.0-RC2: "/mnt: out of inodes"

Garrett Cooper yanegomi at
Fri Nov 18 06:43:06 UTC 2011

2011/11/17 Benjamin Kaduk <kaduk at>:
> On Thu, 17 Nov 2011, Olivier Cochard-Labbé wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> I tried to install FreeBSD-9.0-RC2-amd64-dvd1.iso (SHA256 verified) on
>> a VM and meet a reproducible problem:
>> The VM has 128Mo RAM and a 4Go hard drive.
>> During install process I choose these distribution sets: ports and src
>> only.
>> And I'm using guided partitioning / Entire Disk / All Auto
>> But each time (I delete and re-create a new VM multiple times) the
>> installer failed during archive extraction of ports.txz (at about 88%
>> progress of this file extraction) with this message:
>> Error while extracting ports.txz:
>> Can't create
>> 'usr/ports/databases/p5-DBIx-Sunny/pkg-plist'
>> And on the background there is this message:
>> ...on /mnt: out of inodes
>> Can someone else confirm this problem before I fill a PR ?
> A 4G disk is perhaps quite rare these days, but I expect that the issue is
> real.  Please file the PR.
> The default block and fragment size for UFS/FFS were bumped by mckusick in
> r222319 (to general assent); presumably the installer should gain some logic
> to use smaller values for smaller disks, so that the available number of
> inodes is larger.  (I presume that you have successfully installed earlier
> releases on 4G disk, of course.  Though ... I think I may have, myself.)
>  The ports tree has a very large number of small files, and is thus a very
> intensive user of inodes.
> Alas, my five minutes of searching were not enough to find where bsdinstall
> is actually generating default filesystem options, so I couldn't confirm
> this assumption.

Look for newfs_command in gpart_ops.c .

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