[gpfsug-discuss] Metadata only system pool

Frederick Stock stockf at us.ibm.com
Tue Jan 23 17:25:48 GMT 2018

One possibility is the creation/expansion of directories or allocation of 
indirect blocks for large files.

Not sure if this is the issue here but at one time inode allocation was 
considered slow and so folks may have pre-allocated inodes to avoid that 
overhead during file creation.  To my understanding inode creation time is 
not so slow that users need to pre-allocate inodes.  Yes, there are likely 
some applications where pre-allocating may be necessary but I expect they 
would be the exception.  I mention this because you have a lot of free 
inodes and of course once they are allocated they cannot be de-allocated. 

Fred Stock | IBM Pittsburgh Lab | 720-430-8821
stockf at us.ibm.com

From:   "Buterbaugh, Kevin L" <Kevin.Buterbaugh at Vanderbilt.Edu>
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Date:   01/23/2018 12:17 PM
Subject:        [gpfsug-discuss] Metadata only system pool
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Hi All, 

I was under the (possibly false) impression that if you have a filesystem 
where the system pool contains metadata only then the only thing that 
would cause the amount of free space in that pool to change is the 
creation of more inodes … is that correct?  In other words, given that I 
have a filesystem with 130 million free (but allocated) inodes:

Inode Information
Number of used inodes:       218635454
Number of free inodes:       131364674
Number of allocated inodes:  350000128
Maximum number of inodes:    350000128

I would not expect that a user creating a few hundred or thousands of 
files could cause a “no space left on device” error (which I’ve got one 
user getting).  There’s plenty of free data space, BTW.

Now my system pool is almost “full”:

(pool total)           2.878T                                   34M (  0%) 
       140.9M ( 0%)

But again, what - outside of me creating more inodes - would cause that to 



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