No free space add after removing large file.

Julien Gabel jpeg at
Tue Aug 30 11:54:23 GMT 2005

>> 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>

You can use fstat(1) from the base system, too.

> 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.


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