/var growing too fast

Jerry McAllister jerrymc at msu.edu
Fri Dec 21 08:12:22 PST 2007

On Fri, Dec 21, 2007 at 07:09:01AM +0100, zbigniew szalbot wrote:

> Hello,
> I thought I would ask your advice. I only have a 2 GB /var slice and 
> space is shrinking fast. I see that most space is taken by /var/db.
> $ du -hs /var/db
> 1.4G    /var/db
> $  du -hs /var
> 1.7G    /var
> $ df
> /dev/ad0s1e   2178510 1738396  265834    87%    /var
> Is it possible to release some space from /var/db? I seem to recall that 
> /var/db is pretty important and I better not lose it...

Yes, if you are running some database, it can grow fast.

Do you have a large, catch-all, partition, such as /home?
If go, move /var/db to and make a symlink.

You should be able to copy it all with tar.
Pick a make-sense name for the directory in the new directory such as 'var.db'

Then, in the original /var directory, rename db temporarily - mv db olddb
for example and make the link.    ln -s /home/var.db db   (presuming that
you put it in /home)
If it all seems good, then rm the olddb and all should be well.


> It may be that something else is eating up available space but I am not 
> sure how to measure it. Every day about 1% more of available space is taken.
> Many thanks for ideas what to do (apart from bying a bigger drive :)
> And season greetings to you all!
> Zbigniew Szalbot
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