Re: Strange `No space left' on usb pendrive

On 2010-09-19 10:26 +0200, Rodolfo Medina wrote:

When I try to copy more than 40MB onto an empty new 2GB usb pendrive, I get an
inexplicable `No space left on device' error message:

`11022008699.jpg' -> `/mnt/pendrive-carolina2/11022008699.jpg'
`11022008700.jpg' -> `/mnt/pendrive-carolina2/11022008700.jpg'
cp: cannot create regular file `/mnt/pendrive-carolina2/11022008700.jpg': No space left on device
`11022008701.jpg' -> `/mnt/pendrive-carolina2/11022008701.jpg'
cp: cannot create regular file `/mnt/pendrive-carolina2/11022008701.jpg': No space left on device

The command df seems to show that everything is all right:

$ df -lh
Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/hda6 11G 9.2G 912M 92% /
tmpfs 110M 0 110M 0% /lib/init/rw
udev 10M 80K 10M 1% /dev
tmpfs 110M 0 110M 0% /dev/shm
/dev/hda1 7.8G 7.3G 541M 94% /mnt/hda1
/dev/hda7 4.9G 1.9G 2.7G 42% /mnt/hda7
/dev/hda8 4.9G 3.4G 1.3G 74% /mnt/hda8
/dev/hda9 7.9G 2.7G 4.9G 36% /mnt/hda9
/dev/sda1 1.9G 40M 1.9G 3% /mnt/pendrive-carolina2

and so parted:

# parted /dev/sda1
GNU Parted 1.7.1
Using /dev/sda1
Welcome to GNU Parted! Type 'help' to view a list of commands.
(parted) p

Disk /dev/sda1: 2004MB
Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
Partition Table: loop

Number Start End Size File system Flags
1 0.00kB 2004MB 2004MB fat16

Please help understand what the problem may be. Should I format the device?

Erwan David <erwan@xxxxxxxxxxx> writes:

What does df -i say ?
You might be out of inodes (depends on the filesystem of the key)

Effectively, df -i produces a suspect output:

$ df -i
Filesystem Inodes IUsed IFree IUse% Mounted on
/dev/hda6 1409024 147438 1261586 11% /
tmpfs 28039 2 28037 1% /lib/init/rw
udev 28039 512 27527 2% /dev
tmpfs 28039 1 28038 1% /dev/shm
/dev/hda1 0 0 0 - /mnt/hda1
/dev/hda7 640000 14 639986 1% /mnt/hda7
/dev/hda8 640000 51785 588215 9% /mnt/hda8
/dev/hda9 525200 54395 470805 11% /mnt/hda9
/dev/sda1 0 0 0 - /mnt/pendrive-carolina2

What then?


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