Oracle Linux: fsck(8) Causes Out-Of-Memory (OOM) Failure Processing Large Filesystems (Doc ID 1965235.1)

Last updated on FEBRUARY 19, 2015

Applies to:

Linux OS - Version Oracle Linux 6.0 and later
Information in this document applies to any platform.

Goal

Large filesystems may cause the fsck(8) tool, or any other running process. to be aborted by the kernel out-of-memory (OOM) killer. The fsck(8) tool is usually the victim but any other process could be aborted instead.

A typical instance of this would be similar to this:

# fsck /path/to/very/large/lun
fsck.ext4 invoked oom-killer
Error storing directory block information (inode=20234673, block=0, num=43459308): Memory allocation failed

Solution

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