Error when installing FreeBSD 5.2: " /mnt/usr: create symlink failed, no inode free"

Dave Vollenweider radioguy at
Thu Feb 19 16:50:25 PST 2004


Been trying to install FreeBSD 5.2 using the kern.flp and mfsroot.flp images on floppies and proceeding with a network install via FTP on an old Acer Aspire with a Pentium 120 MHz processor and 80 MB of RAM on a 1.6 GB hard drive (the second on the system; I have another OS on the other hard drive which shall remain nameless).

The install goes fine until it begins to extract the files to the /usr directory, at which it then spits out this error multiple times:

/mnt/usr: create symlink failed, no inode free

and continues to do so whenever something is added to the hard drive during the installation.  Curiously enough, though, the installation continues, even though I got that error message again and again when the base install was completed and the extra packages were being installed.  I decided at that point to abort the installation.

Is there any way for me to fix this, and if so, how can I do it?

- Dave V.

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