Sendmail "queueup: cannot create queue temp file ...: No space left on device"

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On one of our systems running sendmail, we periodically saw the following errors:

Mar 13 13:37:05 nvpmmsa801 sendmail[20176]: m2DIb56k020176: SYSERR(root): queueup: cannot create queue temp file ./tfm2DIb56k020176, uid=0: No space left on device

It turned out we ran out of inodes for our /var file system (df -i /var showed 100% usage). The host statistics gathered by sendmail via confHOST_STATUS_DIRECTORY were never purged with purgestat.

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