Topics: Storage, System Admin

Inodes without filenames

It will sometimes occur that a file system reports storage to be in use, while you're unable to find which file exactly is using that storage. This may occur when a process has used disk storage, and is still holding on to it, without the file actually being there anymore for whatever reason.

A good way to resolve such an issue, is to reboot the server. This way, you'll be sure the process is killed, and the disk storage space is released. However, if you don't want to use such drastic measures, here's a little script that may help you trying to find the process that may be responsible for an inode without a filename. Make sure you have lsof installed on your server.


# Make sure to enter a file system to scan
# as the first attribute to this script.

# A for loop to get a list of all open inodes
# in the filesystem using lsof.
for i in `$LSOF -Fi $FILESYSTEM | grep ^i | sed s/i//g` ; do
# Use find to list associated inode filenames.
if [ `find $FILESYSTEM -inum $i` ] ; then
echo > /dev/null
# If filename cannot be found,
# then it is a suspect and check lsof output for this inode.
echo Inode $i does not have an associated filename:

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