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xfs_check exits with out of memory error

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 Service Pack 2


While checking a large XFS filesystem (several TB), xfs_check exists with:
raid010:~ # xfs_check /dev/sda7
xfs_check: out of memory


Please use
xfs_repair -n <dev>

instead of xfs_check as advised by the man page of xfs_check (man 8 xfs_check):

Note that using xfs_check is NOT recommended. Please use xfs_repair -n instead, for better scalability and speed.

Additional Information

This error was encountered while trying to check a 51.7TiB xfs formatted partition.


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  • Document ID:7011752
  • Creation Date: 05-Feb-2013
  • Modified Date:28-Sep-2022
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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