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Old 12-22-2009, 02:22 PM   #1
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Deleting files in Ubuntu doesn't free up space on Linux partition.


After running photorec I went from having ~30 gb of free space to having 0 bytes of free space. I have deleted all the results of photorec and various other large files and removed them from trash but it still has not freed up any space. Also, my firefox no longer has back/forward functionality which I'm sure would be fixed by a reinstall but seeing as I have 0 space, I can't really do that. Any thoughts?

Thanks.
 
Old 12-22-2009, 02:34 PM   #2
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well...

Probably a corruption of the disk/partition. have you tried fschk?

also, see here http://www.cyberciti.biz/tips/linux-...k-failing.html
 
Old 12-22-2009, 02:53 PM   #3
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What is fschk? Are you referring to fsck?

I ran the smart test from the link you posted and everything came up clean and passed.

I also ran fsck with this result:

fsck 1.40.8 (13-Mar-2008)
e2fsck 1.40.8 (13-Mar-2008)
/dev/sda4: clean, 213656/2310144 files, 8782594/9233358 blocks

I have looked through the file system and can't find anything that would be making it so large. I've checked each top level folder from a live CD and none were even close to filling it up. The only one I can't get a size read on is the lost + found folder (Not sure what goes in there to start with) but when I open it up its empty.

Should I just go ahead and settle for reinstalling my OS?

Last edited by kechlion; 12-22-2009 at 03:13 PM.
 
Old 12-22-2009, 04:47 PM   #4
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Should I just go ahead and settle for reinstalling my OS?
That's a poor joke.


Have you rebooted? If this photorec thing is still running, it might be hanging on to the files.
 
Old 12-22-2009, 04:49 PM   #5
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Are you making sure that you're listing hidden files and folders? They start with a dot, and aren't normally listed by either text or graphical tools, you need to set the options.
 
Old 12-23-2009, 12:10 AM   #6
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hmmm...

Quote:
Originally Posted by kechlion View Post
What is fschk? Are you referring to fsck?
oops, yeah that's what I meant.

Quote:
Originally Posted by kechlion View Post
I ran the smart test from the link you posted and everything came up clean and passed.

I also ran fsck with this result:

fsck 1.40.8 (13-Mar-2008)
e2fsck 1.40.8 (13-Mar-2008)
/dev/sda4: clean, 213656/2310144 files, 8782594/9233358 blocks

I have looked through the file system and can't find anything that would be making it so large. I've checked each top level folder from a live CD and none were even close to filling it up. The only one I can't get a size read on is the lost + found folder (Not sure what goes in there to start with) but when I open it up its empty.

Should I just go ahead and settle for reinstalling my OS?
You can try deleting the lost+found folder (only as a second-to-last resort, before a fresh install), it contains the files/folders that fsck could not recover/find a place for/etc.


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Are you making sure that you're listing hidden files and folders? They start with a dot, and aren't normally listed by either text or graphical tools, you need to set the options.
you can also do this in some distros by pressing CTRL+H while in the file manager.

Last edited by BLuFeNiX; 12-31-2009 at 03:41 AM.
 
Old 12-23-2009, 03:40 AM   #7
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Someone already asked, but have you rebooted? If not, do so!


As for Firefox not having back/forward functionality that's probably because Firefox is unable to write changes to the places.sqlite file in your Firefox profile because there is no disk space. Such things will happen if you run out of disk space.
 
Old 12-28-2009, 02:57 PM   #8
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Apparently the linux install that I have is faulty somehow, because I reinstalled and it did the exact same thing, time to re-download it.

Thanks for the responses!
 
  


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