OH NO! IT says my root partition / is full but it isn't! Why is FreeBSD lying about space?

Lowell Gilbert freebsd-questions-local at be-well.ilk.org
Mon Nov 7 21:13:59 UTC 2011

rtsit <rtsit at yahoo.com> writes:

> I did reboot the machine a few times, hoping that any process in
> memory that still claimed ownership of an open part of the disk would
> release it.

There are other things that can cause disk space to seem to disappear,
but there is a reason that one is in the FAQ list and the others aren't;
it's virtually always the cause when someone reports such a problem on
this list.

> Didn't work. I'm going to try the other method recommended by Michael
> Sierchio -- to reboot in single user mode and try and clear out any
> directory structures that could exist that my mount labels could be
> hiding.  Thanks for the reply and helpful link.

If the mounts are shadowing files, that will certainly hide data use.  
I hope that turns out to be the issue and you get it fixed quickly.

> (It was nice to not see a RTFM response, but a helpful link -- it is appreciated).

I don't agree with you here.  My response *was* RTFM, and I don't see
anything inherently wrong with that.  I'm glad it was helpful.

Good luck.

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