/ is filling up

Jerry McAllister jerrymc at clunix.cl.msu.edu
Tue Jun 3 11:43:13 PDT 2003

> My / partition is getting pretty full, 92%. Usually the culprit is something
> I'm not rotating in /var/log, but that's not the case this time. Does anyone
> have any suggestions to find out where this is? I'm guessing it's probably
> something using ls and sort but I'll be damned if I can put something
> together that helps this problem.

What have you tried?
Usually I use successive runs of  du(1)  to track down overfilling culprits.
Are you familiar with that?
CD to your root (/)
run   du -sk *
cd in to any suspiciously large directories and do another du, etc.

By the way, I think it is good practice to make a separate file
system for things like /var/log /var/spool and others that can 
fill up suddenly when you aren't looking.   That way they won't
trash the root file system and bring the system down (so easily).


> David Daugherty

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