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Directory size limit ERROR

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On a recently upgraded Netware 4.02 to 4.12 server, once every three weeks or so all workstations and the console give the following error:

    " Error expanding AH109/SYS directory because the directory size limit was exceeded"

And the volume, SYS, which is 500 megs, shows -2,xxx,xxx (2 gigs) negative space.  The actualy empty space on the partition is 250 megs. If I restart the server, it will be fine for another three or so weeks.
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by:dinko
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On yours server (NetAdmin utility) is size limit. Try to change.

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henrie earned 100 total points
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NetWare 4.11 (and probably 4.12) allows 16M maximum directory entries per volume.

First it is important to verify that any error report to the effect that a file or directory cannot be created is indeed due to a real OS limit and not some hardware/software problem. This is a simple step. Use the NDIR.EXE (NDIR /VOL) for 4.x and VOLINFO.EXE for 3.11 and 3.12 NetWare. Look at maximum directory entries in the NDIR or Total Directories in the VOLINFO utility. If these report 2M (or 16M for NetWare 4.11), and the file/directory creation fails with the message "Error expanding <volume name/ directory name> directory because directory size limit was reached" then it will not be possible to create any new directories and file creation may not be possible in some directories. Essentially, if the creation of a file requires another directory block to be allocated, it will fail. The message will occur only once at the file server and at the work station. Subsequent messages, indicating the same problem, at the workstation will say "Not enough Memory."

This was an excerpt from:
http://support.novell.com/home/server/nos
Put 1202046 in the search engine and read some more!

Hope this helped, good luck.

BTW. One of the first things you can do yourself is running a PURGE /ALL from the root of SYS:

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