Phantom Files, Filesystem Full
cswiger at mac.com
Sat Apr 23 11:59:14 PDT 2005
Ryan Winograd wrote:
> I was editing a conf file in /etc and, when i tried to write the file vi
> told me it couldn't save because the filesystem is full! I ran df and,
> sure enough, the / fs has 245M of 258M used:
> Filesystem Size Used Avail Capacity Mounted on
> /dev/ad0s1a 248M 245M -17M 108% /
> This was certaintly a surprise, because all my data is located on other
> partitions, so i ran du -h -d1 / to find the culprit, but i still
> couldn't find what is using up all my / disk space! What can i do to
> find out where all my disk space has gone?!?!
I suspect that running "du -hxd 1 /" would be more helpful, BTW.
Anyway, it would help to know what other filesystems you have (ie, is /tmp on
root, or /var?). Regardless, a good place to check is whether /root has grown
out-of-control-- logging into X + KDE or GNOME, running apps like Mozilla
which create big user profiles, for example, although trying to run "perl
-MCPAN" or many others things could also do it.
Otherwise, you might have files which have been deleted but are still being
held by a process using that space. If something was generating a huge
logfile which you'd already deleted, try restarting it and/or syslogd. For
that matter, try rebooting the system and seeing whether you get more space
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