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How to increase the maximum number of files in Data ONTAP 8 7-mode

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Applies to

  • Data ONTAP 8 7-mode and earlier
  • Inode and file count
  • Flexible Volume


Volumes have a limit on the number of files they can contain. You can change this limit using the maxfiles command, which affects the maximum number of public inodes the volume can have.

  • This article describes how to increase the maximum number of files (inodes) for a Flexible volume.
  • When a volume is out of inodes, ONTAP will emit one or more of the error messages similar to the following:

Error message: no space left on the device
Error message: file system is out of inodes
wafl.vol.outOfInodes: file system on Volume vol_test1@vserver:vserver_1 is out of inodes because it has reached the maximum number of files

wafl.vol.runningOutOfInodes: The file system on Volume vol1@vserver:20884ed5-68e5-11ea-a757-00a098c4fca2 is using 80 percent or more of the files that can be contained on the volume.

INODE: System/Cluster Notification from filer (OUT OF INODES) ALERT

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