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An orphaned inode is a file that is “semi-deleted”: it has no more directory entry, but it's still open in some process, so the data is still present on the disk. When the last process that has this file open closes it, the file will be fully deleted and the orphaned inode will disappear. An orphaned inode uses both an inode and the disk space to store the ...


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An orphaned inode is one that has been unlinked but is still open in another process. For example running tail -f {file} in one shell followed by rm {file} in another. The filesystem keeps track of these so they can be cleaned up when the process quits. It's perfectly normal whenever you have an unclean dismount. They are simply files that had been deleted, ...


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An orphaned inode is an inode which isn't attached to a directory entry in the filesystem, which means it can't be reached. Orphaned inodes can appear for a number of reasons: temporary files which are deleted but kept open (a common practice) occupy inodes on the filesystem; if the system reboots without shutting down properly, these inodes remain and ...



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