Re: VFS: No free inodes - contact Linus

Bill Hawes (
Mon, 15 Dec 1997 11:51:22 -0500

Dave Wreski wrote:

> I always understood inodes to be associated with the number of links to files
> on a hard disk. Can you tell me what it means in this reference?

The "no free inodes" message refers to the in-memory data structure
maintained while a file is being used. Inode memory is never freed, so
you don't want to overcommit, but you need enough inodes to handle all
the files in use or that might be reused.