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Backup logs from aborted and/or resumed NDMP operations can cause an ONTAP node's root volume to fill, possibly leading to node panics

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Applies to

  • ONTAP 9
  • Network Data Management Protocol (NDMP) operations, such as ndmpcopy


  • Rapid increase in the used size of a single node's root volume. This can be seen by running the following command periodically:

cluster1::> volume show -vserver cluster1-01
Vserver   Volume       Aggregate    State      Type       Size  Available Used%
--------- ------------ ------------ ---------- ---- ---------- ---------- -----
cluster1-01 vol0     aggr0 online RW 442.4GB    407.6GB    7%

(Using a node name as the -vserver parameter will return that node's root volume)

  • The backup log located at /mroot/etc/log/backup is filled with messages similar to the following:

Tue Mar 27 00:11:36 EDT 2018 /svm1/vol1 Log_msg (Flush DIRNET for BKP ID=248, type=3 interrupted while waiting for min inflight. Error = Interrupted system call.

The simplest way to access the backup log is through the Service Processor Infrastructure (SPI) interface by clicking the logs link.  See KB: How to manually collect logs and copy files from a clustered Data ONTAP storage system (under "Option 1") for assistance working with the SPI.

  • Affected node may panic with messages similar to the following:

Process vldb unresponsive for 631 seconds in process nodewatchdog onrelease 9.2P1 (C)

Note: This panic may be caused by many other issues.  This panic alone does not indicate the issue outlined here; make sure to check the node's root volume status as well as the contents of the backup log.


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