yum update fails with "Transaction check error: installing package PACKAGE needs N inodes on the FS filesystem"

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Issue

  • When updating the system, yum update command fails with the following error (example):

    Transaction check error:
      installing package tfm-rubygem-foreman_openscap-0.10.3-1.el7sat.noarch needs 1748 inodes on the / filesystem
      installing package rubygem-smart_proxy_openscap-0.6.11-1.el7sat.noarch needs 1749 inodes on the / filesystem
      installing package rubygem-smart_proxy_remote_execution_ssh-0.2.0-3.el7sat.noarch needs 1751 inodes on the / filesystem
      [...]
    

Environment

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux
  • EXT2, EXT3 and EXT4 filesystems
  • small filesystems (e.g. 1GB root file system and dedicated /usr filesystem)

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