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Old 04-13-2006, 02:29 PM   #1
Sabinou
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Making space easily ?


Hello !
because of a problem (http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...=1#post2198476 ) I need to make space easily on my / partition.

My Mandriva2006 will only boot in console mode, because of system problems (zero free byte -> need space).

Currently I'm running knoppix live-CD.

I need to make space easily (and fast if possible).

I saw I have one gigabyte of files in /var/log (for instance, system.log is 340 megabytes). Can I delete or someway reduce the size of those files ?

Would there be other files in / that can be deleted without risk ?

Thanks if you can help ^_^
 
Old 04-13-2006, 03:00 PM   #2
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A friend on the phone helped me alot : in console mode, he hinted that I removed a huge package. Openoffice.org removed, I had 175 free megabytes again, and I could finally manage to boot my Mandriva properly. Phiew, i'm relieved.

But I still have ONLY 175 free megabytes on /
Whereas the previous graphical-mode session, I had 950 Mo free.
One of the possible causes of that problem is that a package update completely froze and had to be forcibly closed after ten minutes of inactivity. And the NFS thingie, at system startup, didn't close either after ten minutes waiting during shutdown, hence making me manually shutdown the computer. Next reboot, partmon said there was 0 byte free in /.

I'm somehow confused, you'll guess that ^^

Would you know where the missing megabytes could have gotten lost ?
And how to free space on / ?

I guess there MUST be a way to make space within the /var/log folder : even if some files are necessary, I can't trust a linux system, even Mandriva2006, to require one gigabyte of logs.

Help will be welcome if you can ^_^

Last edited by Sabinou; 04-13-2006 at 03:02 PM.
 
Old 04-16-2006, 08:53 AM   #3
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Just to conclude that thread, i'll summarize the solutions I found ^^

- /var/log/syslog , /var/log/bandwith and /var/log/kernel/info can be safely deleted, they will be re-created the next boot
- the origin of that size inflation was the MCC's package manager window refusing to close. The size problem occured again, after that refusal to close itself happened again (let's say one time out of twenty that window won't close), and bang, suddenly zero free bytes on / while linux was still running. I could safely delete those files while linux was running.

Solution found, problem solved ^^
 
  


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