Node Filesystem Files Filling Up

NodeFilesystemFilesFillingUp #

Meaning #

This alert is similar to the NodeFilesystemSpaceFillingUp alert, but predicts the filesystem will run out of inodes rather than bytes of storage space. The alert fires at a critical level when the filesystem is predicted to run out of available inodes within four hours.

Impact #

A node’s filesystem becoming full can have a far reaching impact, as it may cause any or all of the applications scheduled to that node to experience anything from performance degradation to full inoperability. Depending on the node and filesystem involved, this could pose a critical threat to the stability of the cluster.

Diagnosis #

Note the instance and mountpoint labels from the alert. You can graph the usage history of this filesystem with the following query in the OpenShift web console:

  instance="<value of instance label from alert>",
  mountpoint="<value of mountpoint label from alert>"

You can also open a debug session on the node and use the standard Linux utilities to locate the source of the usage:

$ MOUNT_POINT='<value of mountpoint label from alert>'
$ NODE_NAME='<value of instance label from alert>'

$ oc debug "node/$NODE_NAME"
$ df -hi "/host/$MOUNT_POINT"

Note that in many cases a filesystem running out of inodes will still have available storage. Running out of inodes is often caused by many many small files being created by an application.

Mitigation #

The number of inodes allocated to a filesystem is usually based on the storage size. You may be able to solve the problem, or buy time, by increasing size of the storage volume. Otherwise, determine the application that is creating large numbers of files and adjust its configuration or provide it dedicated storage.