root is full

Jerry McAllister jerrymc at
Wed Feb 18 15:01:51 PST 2004

> List,
> My root partition is full, but I cannot figure out how it got filled so 
> fast the last security check claimed there to be 5% of capacity and now 
> its at 108%. Where else can I check to see what is filling the root 
> partition?

   du -sk *
at the base of the file system (root in this case) where the problem is.
Then cd in to suspicious directories - those that look excessively big
and  run du again

Keep following bloated directories until you find your problem.
I would guess you have logs (var/log) and mail (/var/mail) still in root 
and maybe even /tmp but who knows until you track it down a little better.

You may need to either revise your disk layout or at least
move some thing to a bigger partition and make symlinks.


> Thanks in advance
> --will
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