Robert Huff roberthuff at
Sun Feb 13 17:02:46 UTC 2011

Rem Roberti writes:

>  This is a new one for me.  I decided to do a manual update on my
>  8.1 box, starting with csup.  Buildworld went fine, as did
>  buildkernel.  However, when I tried to install the new kernel
>  installkernel choked with an error message telling me that it
>  could not proceed because the root partition was full.  What!  I
>  did a df and sure enough the root partition was overloaded.  When
>  I installed the system I used sysinstalls recommended sizes for
>  the root partion, which is around 10G.  Anyway, when I rebooted,
>  the system rebooted into single user mode, and that is presently
>  where I stand.  I have no idea how to proceed at this point, and
>  would appreciate any help in fixing this.  Of course, I smell a
>  newbie type error in all of this, but haven't quite figured out
>  where I went wrong.

	Start with this:

	du -x / | sort -nr | head -n 30

	This will give you the largest directories; if any of them
don't look right - investigate further.
	(For comparison: the root directory on this machine is 2
gbytes, of which I use 1.1.  10 gbytes is a lot of space.)


				Robert Huff


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