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linuxie 01-26-2009 05:14 AM

/mnt/sysimage/usr low disk space
Hi All,

I am facing a strange problem recently, when I try installing rhel 5 thru kickstart i get the following error

'There was an error running transaction for the following reasons: low disk space.You need more space in the following file system:

7M on /mnt/sysimage/usr '

This error happens during the transfering image to disk in kickstart.The system has been formatted with one / partition of 68GB. I dont understand what more space is required. Has anyone faced this issue before. Pls do guide me on this.

Many Thanks :-)

jschiwal 01-26-2009 06:48 AM

I don't know the default for RHEL but on Fedora, you have a swap partition, a boot partition and an LVM volume. Inside the LVM volume, are logical volumes (they are partitions inside the physical volume). It looks like the space reserved for the LV on /mnt/sysimage/usr is full.

I'm not certain what you mean by transferring image.

linuxie 01-26-2009 07:06 AM

Well during kickstart, it shows a message preparing to install this error pops up after that. Well i ve formatted the disk with ext3 with just / and swap. Y does this error occur? isnt 40GB in / not sufficient? .mnt is mounted in / .

jschiwal 01-26-2009 07:26 AM

Sorry, I glanced at sysimage and took it for a device for a physical volume. Since you have just a swap and a root partition, there is only one filesystem and there may be not enough room in /usr because the other directories are full. However, I think you may have inadvertently created a /usr partition in the tiny amount of left over free space on the disk which would be very small. This would be a few MB at the end of the disk or between the two partitions due to rounding to the nearest cylinder.

Press [CTRL-F2] to get to a shell and enter: "mount" by itself to check this. There should be just one partition listed mounted under /mnt/sysimage. The /mnt/sysimage/ directory is where the hard drive partitions are mounted. The other directories and partitions (except for the DVD media) are running in ram during the install.

linuxie 01-26-2009 08:40 AM

Thanks jschiwal :-) Your reply helped me understand the install process.

I have taken a rhel installation cd and have partitioned the disk with ext3 / 30 GB, /usr 20 GB swap 8 GB and remaining free space on 70 GB sata hdd and installed fresh OS on it.. Now I am trying to rebuild this server with kickstart . But during the kickstart process it still fails with the before mentioned error. There is a seperate /usr partition of 20GB. And there seems no dearth of space. Why is the kickstart installation still failing. Pls do help.

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