Copying a file returns "No space left on device"

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Issue

  • Copying a file returns "No space left on device" even though there is space:
# df -h
Filesystem            Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda3              56G   26G   27G  50% /
/dev/sda1              99M   25M   70M  26% /boot
/dev/sdx1              50G   40G  7.3G  85% /mountpoint
$ cp /path/to/sourcefile.tar.gz /mountpoint/directory/
cp: overwrite `/mountpoint/directory/file.tar.gz'? y
cp: writing `/mountpoint/directory/file.tar.gz': No space left on device

Environment

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.3 (kernel-2.6.18-128.el5)
  • ext3 Filesystem

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