Ever log into your cPanel (/whatever backend interface your host gave you for managing your websites) and noticed you had high inode usage?

For me, I found an abnormal number of inodes in…

  • my default email account (the one that never gets used except for server info like cron jobs, etc)
  • ~/tmp directory

Cleaning both of them out brought the % of inodes from 90% to…9%. Ayup, big difference.

What are inodes? 🤔

Inodes are defined here:

An inode represents each file stored from your account. Every email, website page, image, etc. is one inode and that reflects the total number of files you can store on your hosting service.

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