Shrink ext3 filesystem , running out of inode questions

Eric Sandeen sandeen at
Wed Apr 16 14:47:33 UTC 2008

Ling C. Ho wrote:
> Hi,
> I have an ext3  file system created with -T largefile4 option. Now it is 
> running out of inode but it's only about 10% full.
> - Is there a way now to increase the number of inode without making a 
> new file system?

Growing the filesystem would add more inodes, but it's still not
probably what you want.  You'd still have the same inode::block ratio.

> - If not, I am thinking about shrinking the file system, and then use 
> the free up space to create a new file system with more inodes, and move 
> the data over. Since I am already running out of inode, would I still be 
> able to shrink the file system?

Shrinking should not require more inodes; that sounds like a decent plan.


> Thanks,
> ...
> ling

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