No free space add after removing large file

Frank de Bot freebsd at
Tue Aug 30 11:53:00 GMT 2005

Gerhard Schmidt wrote:
> On Tue, Aug 30, 2005 at 01:37:56PM +0200, Frank de Bot wrote:
>>On my fs I had a file of 20gb. The free space on that fs was at that 
>>time around 1gb. But after removing the 20gb file, the freespace wasn't 
>>added :-S ?
>>What has gone wrong and how can I 'reclaim' the free space?
> There could be a process which has an open filehandle to this file. The 
> file isn't deleted until all filehandles are closed. 
> Try to install /usr/ports/sysutils/lsof and look for the open handle. E.g.
> lsof | grep <filename>  
> Kill the process and the freespace should grow. If this doesn't work 
> or there is no open handle try do go to single user mode an force an 
> fsck on this fielsystem. 

Yes, that was the cause. I got my 20gb back :-D


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