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What is the deleted inode in the command statistics top file show?

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Applies to

  • ONTAP 9
  • FlexCache
  • Remote Access Layer (RAL)

Answer

  • After ONTAP enables FlexCache, the command statistics top file show may show lots of deleted inode
  • The RAL is a feature in the NetApp WAFL® system that enables FlexCache to have a revocable read/write or read-only cache granted on an inode by the origin to a cache. This is the feature that enables FlexCache functionality.
  • The RAL is the function FlexCache uses to enable loading and manipulation of content from any volume inside or outside of the cluster to the origin. RAL is a traffic cop to keep the requests, data, delegations, lock requests, and any other information between the FlexCache and the origin in sync.
  • So the deleted inode is not the user level triggered, it is the FlexCache functionality.
Example:
Cluster1::*> statistics top file show -interval 30 -iterations 1 -max 10 -node nodename
 
Cluster1: 5/7/2021 14:54:14
*Estimated
Total
 IOPS             Node Vserver Aggregate Volume File
---------- ----------- ------- --------- ------ ------------------------
11048         nodename       -         -      - (deleted inode 91433752)
9075          nodename       -         -      - (deleted inode 128576766)
9065          nodename       -         -      - (deleted inode 91237522)
9065          nodename       -         -      - (deleted inode 5074842)
9065          nodename       -         -      - (deleted inode 23175658)
9065          nodename       -         -      - (deleted inode 22370608)
9065          nodename       -         -      - (deleted inode 21451531)
9065          nodename       -         -      - (deleted inode 128399903)

Additional Information

Related to TR-4743: FlexCache in ONTAP