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Old 12-09-2008, 12:52 AM   #1
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Fedora9 now taking long time to boot


Hullo,
I am running Fedora 9 x86_64, and up until about an hour ago it was fine.
At that time I inserted a CDROM into the drive to look at some files thereon, and when I finished I tried to eject the CDROM but got an error message that another application was preventing that from happening...that is my recollection, I didn't take a note.
I couldn't get the drive to give up the disc, and in the end chose to shutdown, but that only went as far as the down the graphics and presenting a text login prompt...it wouldn't budge from there. I finally did a hardware reset, retrieved the disc, and then waited for the boot, which took quite a while. Eventually I got the usual login prompt dialog box with my username highlighted, which I usually select and then type in password. This time after password the dbox re-appeared and asked for password again. Shutdown did work following this.
The odd and slow startup procedure has been repeated at subsequent times since.

Does anyone have any idea why it is behaving this way, and how to fix?

Cheers,
Terry
 
Old 12-09-2008, 01:32 AM   #2
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You need to give more info. Why did you have a disk in the cd-rom drive?

I would guess you might have some kind of network authentication. If it was set up incorrectly, it would cause this kind of issue.
 
Old 12-09-2008, 05:52 PM   #3
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You need to give more info. Why did you have a disk in the cd-rom drive?

I would guess you might have some kind of network authentication. If it was set up incorrectly, it would cause this kind of issue.
As I said, I was looking at some files on the disc.Nothing out of the ordinary, I do it quite often...but not necessarily with this particular archive.
I need some help with what info you need.
Everything, including networking, was working very well, and had been for quite a while (months), so not sure why that would now be crook.
I thought I went to some trouble to explain the circumstances, as best I could, hoping that would give some clues to those knowledgable as to what additional info was needed to track this down.
I don't know what else I can tell you.
Please be more specific about what I should be looking for, or what extra info will help.

Cheers,
 
Old 12-09-2008, 09:19 PM   #4
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I now have some more info that might help.
I have found that my / dir is full!
I have my disc partitioned as / and /home, with 10GB in / and the rest (of a 160GB disc) in /home.
It seems that about 2+Gb of messages written were to /var/log, at the time I had the trouble with the CDROM.
But there is another thing that isn't helping. I have a second hard disc which I am using for backups etc, and it is mounted at /media/disk2, and having now discovered that / capacity had busted I see that quite a bit of the problem is due to the stuff I have on this second disc.
Is there a smarter way of managing the mount of this second disc so that doesn't consume / space?

Cheers,
 
Old 12-09-2008, 11:12 PM   #5
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having now discovered that / capacity had busted I see that quite a bit of the problem is due to the stuff I have on this second disc.
Is there a smarter way of managing the mount of this second disc so that doesn't consume / space
Not wanting to appear rude, but this doesn't make any sense.
You want to expand your comments a little ?.
 
Old 12-10-2008, 12:51 AM   #6
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Not wanting to appear rude, but this doesn't make any sense.
You want to expand your comments a little ?.
Well it didn't make a lot of sense to me either, so I thought the best thing to do was seek advice.
Your comment has prompted me to look a lot closer at the whole business.
It had initially looked like changes in the files stored on the second disc were reflected in the %used etc of /, but that isn't correct, I have just done a test, moving some files between discs. Now, I'm not sure what led me astray.
Sorry for asking the question.
Clearly I should have taken notice of my first instincts and thought about it a bit more before seeking advice. It is so easy to use this forum, but it is a good idea to be sure that it is a real problem first.

Thanks for the help.

Cheers,
 
Old 12-10-2008, 11:07 PM   #7
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This business has been nagging at me, and I now know where I got the idea that the second disk contents (mounted at /media/disk2) was adding to / usage.
I used Disk Usage Analyzer (Gnome Applications>System Tools>Disk Usage Analyzer).
This shows that / is at 100% and /media contributes 32.3GB.
When I look at /media I find that disk2 holds 32.3GB.
That is how I got led astray.

If I use Applications>System Tools>System Monitor it shows / usage at 61%.

It looks as though Disk Usage Analyzer might have to be interpreted differently.

Cheers,
 
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