determining the space used in / partition

Jerry McAllister jerrymc at
Tue Oct 2 09:07:22 PDT 2007

On Tue, Oct 02, 2007 at 05:24:43PM +0200, Zbigniew Szalbot wrote:

> >  > I dump to /mnt/usbck/backup. Since backup dir was not present, the
> >  > script created it under /
> >
> > Naughty script.  It should check against doing something like that, eg
> > [ ! -d $backupdir ] && echo "no $backupdir - not mounted?" && exit 1
> >
> > You do have a very small root filesystem for the size of your disk, so
> > similar disasters may need some preventing.  Something will want to use
> > more than 100M in /tmp sometime, so you may want to symlink /tmp to say
> > /usr/tmp if you haven't already.
> Yes, that's true. You see this was my second or third attempt to
> install FreeBSD which having been successful :) has survived up till
> today and does what I want. I am sure I will do many things in a
> different way in future than I did last time. For example, I would
> like to reserve a separate partition for /home and a separate one for
> mail so that I have as little trouble moving things around as
> possible. But - hey - I am on this list and learning quite a lot!
> And thanks for the /usr/tmp symlink tip!

I actually prefer to make a separate filesystem (partition) for /tmp.
That isolates it so it doesn't accidently trash another one, plus, 
you don't need to backup /tmp so I definitely don't want to put it
somewhere that gets backed up and waste that backup space.


> Zbigniew Szalbot
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