/var Full ?

Lane lane at joeandlane.com
Sat Jan 29 16:15:19 PST 2005


I don't know if this is going to be of much use, but I encountered the same 
problem on 5.3-STABLE only 48 hours after upgrading from 4.10.

My problem was that KDE was storing more crap than the law should allow 
on /var/tmp

My solution was to create a symbolic link from /var/tmp to /usr/tmp

I see that you only have 1.3 meg in /var/tmp so at best this is only going to 
help a very little.

I also create a symbolic link from /var/db/locate.database 
to /usr/db/locate.database, as this usually eats up about 5 meg for me.  

I think that the REAL solution is arrived at during initial install by 
allocating 2 or 3 times the default partition size for /var.  But I don't 
ever think of that until AFTER I've configured the system :)

Finally, my biggest problem is that many users leave email in their inbox 
at /var/mail.  I use openwebmail, so I just set quotas to keep that problem 
in check, since sendmail won't let me use symbolic links for entries 
in /var/mail.

good luck!

On Saturday 29 January 2005 16:48, GRF . wrote:
>    I am running FBSD 5.2.1 and my /var partition is giving me cannot write
> to disk errors, disk is full.  I cleared out what I could and got it down
> to about 98% but I have some strange findings which I will show below.
> [/var]> df -h
> Filesystem    Size   Used  Avail Capacity  Mounted on
> /dev/ad0s1a   248M    55M   173M    24%    /
> devfs         1.0K   1.0K     0B   100%    /dev
> /dev/ad0s1e   248M    38K   228M     0%    /tmp
> /dev/ad0s1f    70G    53G    11G    83%    /usr
> /dev/ad0s1d   248M   223M   4.5M    98%    /var
> #cd /var
> # du -hd1
> 2.0K    ./account
> 6.0K    ./at
> 16K    ./backups
> 4.0K    ./crash
> 390K    ./cron
> 5.8M    ./db
> 2.0K    ./empty
> 2.0K    ./heimdal
> 508K    ./log
> 1.9M    ./mail
> 4.0K    ./msgs
> 2.0K    ./preserve
> 40K    ./run
> 2.0K    ./rwho
> 66K    ./spool
> 1.3M    ./tmp
> 20K    ./yp
> 2.0K    ./games
> 1.0M    ./ftp
> 394K    ./usermin
> 2.0K    ./.snap
> 11M    .
> Now how can /var be 11Meg and also fill up 98% or 223 Meg at the same time?
> What is eating up my partition space?  Uptime is 149 days and I suppose I'm
> due for a reboot but I have others with processes going on the box and I
> hate to reboot.
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