Root 8% reserved space and tunefs

Gayn Winters gayn.winters at
Fri Jul 8 16:25:23 GMT 2005

> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-freebsd-questions at 
> [mailto:owner-freebsd-questions at] On Behalf Of 
> Elliot Crosby-McCullough
> Sent: Friday, July 08, 2005 7:37 AM
> To: freebsd-questions at
> Subject: Root 8% reserved space and tunefs
> Evening.
> 	We are downloading an item to a freebsd 5.3 server 
> which has a size a 
> little short of the max size of the HD.  For technical 
> reasons there is 
> no way to remove portions of the item before it is finished.
> 	There is enough space but only if the 8% reserved for 
> root is taken 
> into account.  This is not currently being used as the files 
> are being 
> aquired as www (via apache).
> 	I cannot use tunefs to free the 8% as the files are on 
> /usr/ and cannot 
> be umounted.
> 	If anyone has any ideas they would be much appreciated; 
> the only things 
> we haven't tried are slowly shifting the data onto a seperate slice, 
> shifting the volume bit by bit, trying to have apache run as root 
> temporarily or replacing the HD with a larger one (the latter 
> being the 
> least viable).
> Sincerely,
> Elliot Crosby-McCullough

Buy an extra disk drive?  If there is no space to plug in another drive,
you could use an USB external drive.


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