FreeBSD 5.4 - filesystem full

Jeremy Chadwick koitsu at
Wed Nov 12 04:45:15 PST 2008

On Wed, Nov 12, 2008 at 03:34:11PM +0300, Varshavchick Alexander wrote:
> I have an old enough server with FreeBSD 5.4 which from time to time  
> complains about filesystem full. But the problem is that the partition in 
> question has about 15G free space and more than 10000000 free inodes. 
> Then all by itself the error dissapears, only to be repeated several 
> hours later. What can it be and where to look? The server runs mainly 
> apache and sendmail, nothing special.

I'm not sure you'll get much support here (or anywhere) for FreeBSD 5.x.

I would start by taking the machine down, booting it into single-user,
and running fsck -y.  background fsck does not catch all errors.

Also, how soon do you check the box to see how much space/free inodes it
has after receiving a "filesystem full" error?  Are we talking "I
checked it 4-5 hours later", or "I checked it 30 seconds after"?

| Jeremy Chadwick                                jdc at |
| Parodius Networking              |
| UNIX Systems Administrator                  Mountain View, CA, USA |
| Making life hard for others since 1977.              PGP: 4BD6C0CB |

More information about the freebsd-questions mailing list