Help: /var: create/symlink failed, no inodes free

Bill Moran wmoran at
Mon May 3 11:03:46 PDT 2004

Oxid wrote:
> HI!
> -> /var: create/symlink failed, no inodes free
> Could anyone tell me what this means and how to fix it? :)

inodes are needed for directory entries.  Running out of inodes means
you've run out of space for directory entries, and thus can't create
any new files.

"df -hi" will tell you how many inodes are available on your

Short-term, the solution is to delete some files off your /var
partition.  Long term, you may need to reformat /var with more inodes
than the default, if this is a chronic problem.

Bill Moran
Potential Technologies

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