I have a giant 218 TB RAID6, across LVM. It is actually 2 separate RAID6s joined together through LVM to form one giant RAID6. df -h shows all space was available, and I mounted to /share.

I wanted to test that all of the 218 TB was actually usable, so I started running fallocate -l 1TB in a loop, and when it got to 75 TB it stated that the device was out of space. Typing df -h, it showed that there was still 144 TB free on /share.

I looked this up and a lot of people recommended typing df -i to see if all the inode space was taken up, but only 1% used.

Is there a hidden limitation to how much space can actually be allotted to one RAID6? Or is it because I have it configured with LVM?

Any advice is greatly appreciated.

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    If your issue is like this one centos.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=21766 , you may need to mount with the -o inode64 option. Jun 30, 2015 at 19:13
  • Yes, I am using LVM2.
    – Kamran
    Jun 30, 2015 at 20:44
  • That issue looks similar to what I am experiencing, but when I try to mount with the inode64 option and create files, my terminal kinda freezes, waiting for the process to complete, and then it spits out kernel errors.
    – Kamran
    Jun 30, 2015 at 20:44
  • I tried to reproduce your issue using a 218T loop device in tmpfs. The first time I tried I thought I could reproduce it (fallocate stopped after the 114th 1TB file). Subsequent tries it happily fallocates 217+ TB files. Even works with inode32. Never could reproduce why it didn't work the first time though and now I'm unsure if I imagined it... ;) Jul 2, 2015 at 17:45

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I'm not sure if this is the one-and-done solution, but it worked for me. I had to create my "LVM" with striping options.

lvcreate -L 217T -i2 -I64 -n lv_share VolGroup

See 4.4.2. Creating Striped Volumes.

Then I had to mount it with the -o inode64 option, as Mark mentioned.

See 8.2. Mounting an XFS File System.

  • Isn't inode64 the default? Jul 2, 2015 at 17:22
  • @frostschutz apparently not, cf. note about it in mount(8) Feb 23, 2016 at 15:04

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