mkdir(): Too Many Links - The Solution and Problem in ext3 filesystems

The error itself "mkdir(): Too Many Links" is not very useful, but I'll translate it into plain English.

It means you've reached the filesystem's limit of how many directories can be created in a single directory.

In this case for ext3 the limit is 32000 and it was exceeded.

What's the solution? 

The simple solution is to move those directories into more subdirectories possibly sorting them by date, alphabet or numerically.  This can be a pain and also may not be practical if those files are expected in their current location unless you make a symlink to the original location (eg. if a database is relying on that info), you'll either have to modify each entry in the database, alter your code etc.. and neither is desirable for production systems.

Is there another solution?

Yes ext4, I migrated the VPS to an ext4 based host and I believe there's no directory limit at all anymore with ext4.


Tags:

mkdir, links, ext, filesystemsthe, quot, ll, translate, ve, filesystem, directories, directory, exceeded, subdirectories, sorting, alphabet, numerically, symlink, eg, database, relying, info, modify, entry, alter, etc, desirable, migrated, vps,

Latest Articles

  • How to allow SSH root user access in Linux/Debian/Mint/RHEL/Ubuntu/CentOS
  • Ansible Tutorial - Playbook How To Install From Scratch and Deploy LAMP + Wordpress on Remote Server
  • Ceph Install Errors on Proxmox / How To Fix Solution
  • Proxmox Update Error https://enterprise.proxmox.com/debian/pve bullseye InRelease 401 Unauthorized [IP: 144.217.225.162 443]
  • QEMU/KVM How to Hot-add A Virtual Disk .raw/.qcow2 via QEMU Monitor Commands
  • Proxmox How To Enable Ceph Distributed Storage Cluster with OSD and Pools
  • pulseaudio issue on QEMU/KVM guest VM when microphone is replugged/unplugged pulseaudio: pa_threaded_mainloop_lock failed pulseaudio: Reason: Invalid argument
  • Ubuntu Linux Mint - Volume Control Stopped Working
  • Proxmox Services Won't Start Failed to start The Proxmox VE cluster filesystem. Proxmox VE firewall. PVE Status Daemon. Proxmox VE scheduler. PVE Cluster HA Resource Manager Daemon. PVE Local HA Resource Manager Daemon.
  • Proxmox Guide FAQ / Errors / Howto
  • Virtualbox Vbox Issue Cannot Enable Nested Virtualization Button is Grayed/Greyed Out and Unclickable HowTo Solution
  • Virtualbox VBOX Howto Port Forward To Guests
  • Linux Ubuntu Debian Centos Mint - How To Check if Intel VT-x or AMD-V Hardware Virtualization is Enabled?
  • Linux Howto Zip Multiple Files and Directories
  • Windows Cannot Format USB drive Device Media is Write Protected Error Solution
  • Linux Mint 20 cannot install snapd missing solution
  • Virtualbox VBOX How To Install Guest-Utils/GuestUtils so drag and drop and clipboard works Ubuntu Mint Debian Linux
  • How to install Kubernetes with microk8s and deploy apps on Debian/Mint/Ubuntu Linux
  • vi how to delete everything to the end of the line or the rest of the line from the cursor
  • Cisco Howto Configure Console Port/Terminal/Comm Server with Async Cable Setup