Yesterday one of my colleagues flags me down and points to his terminal. “Hang on a second,” he says as I walk over, “let me become root. OK, watch this: see, there’s plenty of free space on the root partition…” At this point my heart leaps up with a sudden, fierce joy. Could it be? Really? “But look, when I try to touch a file…” # df -h /dev/xvde 7.9G 5.3G 2.3G 71% / tmpfs 828M 0 828M 0% /dev/shm # cd / # touch foo touch: cannot touch 'foo': No space left on device At this point I cannot keep the grin off my face. “Try df -ih”, I say. # df -ih Filesystem Inodes IUsed IFree IUse% Mounted on /dev/xvde 512K 512K 0 100% / tmpfs 207K 1 207K 1% /dev/shm Dun-dun-DUNNNNNNNNNNNNNN! …