What OS? What does the /var mount point say about how much space is left?
Some operating systems are sluggish about cleaning up /var/tmp (or you have to tell them to). See your ex man page, you may want to use a different directory, set it in .exrc.
show us ls -la initxyz.ora (I'm wondering if you linked to something different than you thought you did)
Edit: also see https://blogs.oracle.com/patch/entry/freeing_up_space_in_var (is it on the root filesystem? Are you checking free space properly? Remember, some utilities may not show deleted files that are still open).
Edit 2: How many files are under /var? You could be running out of inodes.
Edited by: jgarry on Oct 23, 2012 9:45 AM
Edited by: jgarry on Oct 23, 2012 9:55 AM
The second point by you is correct, my file system is runnig out of inodes. I want to know if each mount point has dedicated inodes or that is true for the entire filesystem.