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suddenly out of the blue i am facing this problme whilre making intrd images
i have done this a lot of time and now i am facing this problem
root@darkstar:/usr/src/linux-126.96.36.199# mkinitrd -k 2.6.11gm142 -o /boot/initrd-2.6.11gm142.img
cp: cannot create regular file `/tmp/tmp.1DbU0G/rootdev': No space left on device
cp: cannot create regular file `/tmp/tmp.1DbU0G/rootfs': No space left on device
i got he same error for compiling 2.4 kernel as well
it was going fine some time back
"no space left on device" is telling you your filesystem is full.
Do df -k /tmp/tmp.1DbU0G to see what it is mounted as and how full it is:
Filesystem 1k-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda9 472984 10739 437824 3% /tmp
If you see Use% at 100% then you need to clean up. It is possible that it is not at 100% when you start but is getting there during the process. If this is the case you can monitor it by opening a separate window and running:
df -k tmp.1DbU0G
This will repeat the output every 5 seconds. (Hit ctrl-C when done to break out of it.) If you see it hit 100% you need to clean up your filesystem.