What does the message "ext3_lookup: deleted inode referenced" in /var/log/messages mean?

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Issue

  • What does the message "ext3_lookup: deleted inode referenced" in /var/log/messages mean?
Oct 14 05:56:55 hostname kernel: EXT3-fs error (device dm-5): ext3_lookup: deleted inode referenced: 27171714
Oct 16 16:09:44 hostname kernel: EXT3-fs error (device dm-5): ext3_lookup: deleted inode referenced: 27171688
Oct 16 16:33:09 hostname kernel: EXT3-fs error (device dm-5): ext3_lookup: deleted inode referenced: 27171688
Oct 16 16:34:15 hostname kernel: EXT3-fs error (device dm-5): ext3_lookup: deleted inode referenced: 27171688

Environment

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
  • Ext3 Filesystem

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