Storage question

William A. Mahaffey III wam at
Wed Sep 9 05:21:29 UTC 2015

On 09/08/15 16:14, Jon Radel wrote:
> 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.

I am indeed using 1 TB drives (2X in 1 case, 8X in the other), but 
(apparently) confused myself w/ my choice of ways to assess storage used 
:-/ ....

> $ du -sh /rescue
> 4.9M    /rescue
> does that really show several hundred M on your system?
> --Jon Radel
> jon at

Well ... no, but my original command seemed to. I think I now stand 
corrected, & thanks (sincerely) for that.


	William A. Mahaffey III


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