Originally Posted by michalng
I had recently installed Ubuntu 8.04 with a separate /home partition of 12GB.
Just noticed that in nautilus, right click (on /home) -> properties indicates that the amount of free space is 5.8G
/dev/sda5 12G 5.6G 5.8G 49% /home
I've cleared all trash, where had all the disk space gone to?
Mmmm, I am not sure what the question is about. This shows that there are 5.8 free GB in /home, just like nautilus. So, what's the problem? We can't tell you if that's wrong or not since we have no idea what do you store in your home partition.
If you want to locate big files use du -sh * in your home and go from there until you find what's taking up the space.
For the rest, 5.6+5.8=11.4, which is 12.0 - (roughly) the 5% of space that mkfs reserves for root by default. Since this partition will not be hosting any root files you might want to use tune2fs -m0 on it to turn that off.