Storage question

Jon Radel jon at
Tue Sep 8 22:07:57 UTC 2015

On 9/8/15 4:33 PM, William A. Mahaffey III wrote:
> Not really, & you may be right, much ado about nothing, but I like 
> things as efficient as possible.
There are many ways to measure efficiency--and most people don't work as 
cheap as you apparently do....  Of course, if these are a cross between 
hobby servers and training platform, more power to you.  Breaking 
everything can be remarkably educational if one then takes the time to 
unbreak it all.  :-)

> I may be reading wrong, but I think I see ~5.3 MiB *per file*, or a 
> few hundred MiB total in /rescue. There are also those pkg.sql 
> backups, @ about 10 MiB apiece. The reason I ask is I have about 12 
> GiB used total in my root dir & I'm trying to figure out where it is 
> all going. It may be nothing, I wanted to see if I could get down to 
> an 8 GiB root partition, but that may be unrealistic.
I'd say you're ending up with extra cruft somewhere.  I just checked 2 
production machines (10.1, I don't have anything 9ish around anymore) 
and the root partitions use 1.1G and 3G.  I made absolutely *no* attempt 
to trim down the size of the root partition, or anything else, as 
between ZFS, 1 TB drives being about the smallest worth buying, and my 
relatively modest data requirements, I find more amusing things to do 
with my time.

$ du -sh /rescue
4.9M    /rescue

does that really show several hundred M on your system?

--Jon Radel
jon at

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