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Old 06-27-2008, 02:46 PM   #1
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Disk free space issues as result of (suspected) silly installation


Hello,
I have been using linux (badly) for a few months and decided to install the new Mandriva 2008.1 from x86 DVD rom. In a pleasant spinny haze of caffine I said yes to copying the DVD onto the harddrive during install and now seem to have very little (i.e. almost no) space left on the non-home (/) partition. Can I remove this now without a reinstall? Or do I simply not have enough memory? Or have I (as I suspect) managed to mess up the most user-freindly installation around?
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/ partition 7.7G (used 7.0G)
/ home 8.1G
Running a Gnome desktop. Which rocks my world.

Also: My install does not seem to have gcc (SHOCK!). Is this my incompetance in installation or is it normal to have to install this later?

I apologise for my idiotic incompetance...
 
Old 06-27-2008, 03:11 PM   #2
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The lack of free space on / is not your fault - it's due to the unreasonably small space allocated to / by the Mandriva automatic partitioning. You can free up the space occupied by the contents of the DVD by deleting the folder /var/ftp/pub/Mandriva. It may be called mandriva-2008.1 or something like that, but it should be the only folder in /var/ftp/pub. You'll need to then remove the existing sources (Configure your Computer -> Manage Software -> Configure media sources) and set up online sources for software installation.

http://easyurpmi.zarb.org/

gcc is installed initially, only if you select the Development group in a Custom Installation. It can be installed from the online sources.

Jim

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Old 06-27-2008, 03:50 PM   #3
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That is absolutely brilliant! BAM! 4.2G added!
And have found gcc!

Cheers! All sorted, thanks!
Bethmo
 
Old 07-01-2008, 11:08 PM   #4
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Hmmm,
I found myself with a similar problem, seemingly installed in the same caffeinated haze as Bethmo. Unfortunately, permission to delete the file was denied. I have no more room to install packages, dang-it!
Is there an alternative method to removing /var/ftp/pub/Mandriva?
Thanks so much!
 
Old 07-02-2008, 06:36 AM   #5
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You need to be root to delete that directory. If you're using KDE, Run kdesu konqueror, and load the file Management Profile from its Settings menu.

Jim
 
Old 07-03-2008, 07:20 PM   #6
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Thank you very much.
 
Old 07-12-2008, 08:00 PM   #7
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Well, I'm not sure what I did, but I can't currently boot into my normal, GNOME session. During boot, the verbose method notes that there is only 15,0** something of space, "which is significantly less than 20,000". I don't know what in the heck this means, except, apparently I can't have any other programs installed other than the default and maybe AWN.
 
Old 07-13-2008, 02:46 PM   #8
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It sounds as though you just moved the directory to the wastebin, rather than deleting it. (Sorry, but I had forgotten that konqueror's delete option was not activated by default.) This is one of those occasions when using the command line would have been easier that using the GUI, but since we've started with the GUI, let's fix it with the GUI.

Run kdesu konqueror and load the File Management profile, as before. From the Settings menu, select "Configure konqueror". In "Behaviour" check "Show delete context menu entries...". Then, in the View menu make sure that "Show hidden files is checked".

Navigate to /root/.local/share/Trash. In the /Files directory delete anything that is there (Right-click on the item and select Delete). Do the same in /root/.local/share/Trash/info.

You should now have free space on your / partition.

Jim
 
Old 07-13-2008, 04:08 PM   #9
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I'm appreciative of your quick reply jkerr82508. I'm afraid I don't know how to perform the operation from GNOME, but can I log in as root and do a similar operation?
 
Old 07-13-2008, 05:17 PM   #10
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Now, it's not clear to me if you have moved /var/ftp/pub/mandriva (or whatever it's called) or if it still exists. The following should delete it whichever is the case.

Boot to single-user (safe mode)

When the prompt appears enter:

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rm -rf /var/ftp/pub
and then

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rm -rf /root/.local/share/Trash
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reboot
Hopefully, when the system restarts you will have free space on your / partition.

Jim

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Old 07-13-2008, 08:28 PM   #11
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Worked perfectly, Jim. Thank you so much.

Kindest regards,
Monica
 
  


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