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I have AIX Version 5.3. I have deleted some file from the file system but the space not released.

The inode is okay. Is there any permanent fix for this?

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Terminate the applications that are holding the files open.

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I did the same, but can't restart the application again and again. Please suggest. – Octopus Apr 26 '11 at 8:27
Please suggest what? That you rewrite the application? – Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Apr 26 '11 at 8:29
If this is a log file, you might be able to send the process a signal such as SIGHUP, which it might understand as a signal to reopen any log files. If its something that was being spat our stdout and redirected to disk, you could send it to syslog instead (hopefullly you have a 'logger' command available, or if you have Apache available, it comes with a command (rotatelogs?) that writes its input to files, rotating as needed. – Cameron Kerr Oct 5 at 13:28

It is most likely that you deleted a file that was still opened by a process.

You can confirm which process is by the following commands: lsof | grep -i "delete|name_of_your_file" or fuser -cu /filesystem/of/your/file

Be aware though, you won't have your space back until the process that was using the file is terminated.

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