Disk space issue on /tmp ext3 partition on Fedora release 7
I am (still) using a Fedora release 7 (Moonshine). The filesystem is partitioned with ext3 and the /tmp folder resides in the extended partition.
Recently I had the error "/tmp folder full". The df command was indeed indicating the folder was 100% full, but doing a rm -rf /tmp/* and rm -rf /tmp/.* didn't help so much, it remained full at 96%. The only thing I could do is to reboot the server. It is now behaving normally.
Has anyone experienced the same issue? What is it and how do you fix it without rebooting?
On my side I have experienced the same issue several times with the old HPUX 9000 (I know I kinda deserve it), and only a reboot helps in such a case.