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Understanding HDFS Usage information on Ambari Dashboard

Expert Contributor

I have a four node Ambari cluster. When I look at the DFS usage on the Ambari main dashboard and look at the disk space on individual hosts, I get different figures. Following are the figures that I see on the main dashboard

HDFS Disk Usage

DFS used 49.7 GB (25.84%)

Non-DFS 66 GB (34.64%)

Remaining 76.1 GB (39.52%)

If I see the the disk space for the individual hosts, then I see the following.

host1: 28.07 GB/138.87 GB (20.21% used)

host2: 27.45 GB/138.87 GB (19.77% used)

host3: 31.45 GB/221.63 GB (14.19% used)

host4: 77.38 GB/221.38 GB (34% used)

So if you see the disk space in GB for each host is more than the total disk space shown under the HDFS disk usage. I am not able to relate these two figures.

Also, I would like to understand whether there is a any documentation that explains the different sections of the Ambari Dashboard.


Master Mentor

Master Mentor
@Pradeep kumar

please look at our Ambari documentation, this in particular goes over the dashboard section

and this is all our Ambari documentation

Expert Contributor
@Artem Ervits

The documents didn't help me much to understand my issue. The document provides only general information, it doesn't give me any information regarding how calculation is made. Currently my main dashboard is showing "100%" dfs consumption and I am seeing red alerts. But if I see the disk consumption of individual hosts, I do not see full consumption. Please I need some help on it so that I know how to make the full use of the hard disk space.

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Expert Contributor

@Neeraj Sabharwal Thanks for the link. The information provided by the 'hdfs dfsadmin -report' further confuses me. For eg. currently, on the Dashboard it says DFS Used 118.7 GB. But on running the 'hdfs dfsadmin -report' command I see DFS used as 38.64 GB. Why are these figures so different different?

Master Mentor

@Pradeep kumar Can you run another report and attach ambari screeenshot?

Master Mentor

See this from my env


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Decommission Status : Normal

Configured Capacity: 44716605440 (41.65 GB)

DFS Used: 1460805632 (1.36 GB)

Non DFS Used: 14664553157 (13.66 GB)

DFS Remaining: 28591246651 (26.63 GB)

DFS Used%: 3.27%

DFS Remaining%: 63.94%

[hdfs@sandbox ~]$ df -h

Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on


43G 13G 29G 31% /

tmpfs 3.9G 8.0K 3.9G 1% /dev/shm

/dev/sda1 477M 30M 422M 7% /boot

[hdfs@sandbox ~]$

Expert Contributor

@Neeraj Sabharwal I have put all details into a image file and attached.


Expert Contributor

I think I have now understood the calculation displayed on the Ambari Dashboard and NN Web UI. What confused me is the information displayed under the 'hosts' link, which displays all nodes with their hard disk consumption. The figure shown for each node (on placing the mouse over the bar), does not match with the DFS consumption. The hdfs dfsadmin -report command displays the consumption of the node on which I executed the command, which is fine. I understood this calculation after you posted the information from your cluster, so thanks again!