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<edit> as far as I remember, nothing in tmp will be used after a reboot. sorry I did not say b4.</edit>
From that live cd can you access the drive rw?
If so, (edit, it's probably /mnt/...)
rm *.* all the files from /tmp
It's possible that your system has out grown it's space.
If you have only one Linux partition and a swap partition on your system.
One way I get around this is I set aside a partition for tmp.
(as well as many others. the most important /home)
This way I have good separation if I need to reinstall the os,
I won't loose any personal data, and settings. (I tend to do that a lot, lol)
glenn@GamesBox:~/bin$ rm --help (06-02 19:47)
Usage: rm [OPTION]... FILE...
Remove (unlink) the FILE(s).
-f, --force ignore nonexistent files, never prompt
-i prompt before every removal
-I prompt once before removing more than three files, or
when removing recursively. Less intrusive than -i,
while still giving protection against most mistakes
--interactive[=WHEN] prompt according to WHEN: never, once (-I), or
always (-i). Without WHEN, prompt always
--one-file-system when removing a hierarchy recursively, skip any
directory that is on a file system different from
that of the corresponding command line argument
--no-preserve-root do not treat `/' specially
--preserve-root do not remove `/' (default)
-r, -R, --recursive remove directories and their contents recursively
-v, --verbose explain what is being done
--help display this help and exit
--version output version information and exit
By default, rm does not remove directories. Use the --recursive (-r or -R)
option to remove each listed directory, too, along with all of its contents.
To remove a file whose name starts with a `-', for example `-foo',
use one of these commands:
rm -- -foo
Note that if you use rm to remove a file, it is usually possible to recover
the contents of that file. If you want more assurance that the contents are
truly unrecoverable, consider using shred.
Report bugs to <email@example.com>.
Last edited by GlennsPref; 02-06-2009 at 03:54 AM.
Hello to you Glenn, I already have the drive partitioned into hda5, Swap and Home. The Hda5 is 7Gb and the /tmp directory has only two files. The total Linux Partition drive space is 83Gb with another 23Gb set aside for Windows.
Anyway, I can access the hda5 as root by using the Mandriva ONE 2008.0 cd. You get to root by just hitting the Enter key when the PASSWORD request appears. Very Scarey! I think.
Still, I will give rm *.* a go and see what happens after which I will try to increase the hda5 to say 10Gb.
If you copied the contents of the installation DVD to your hard drive during installation, then that can cause / to fill up very quickly. (The default partition size created is too small.) You can delete the DVD contents from /var/ftp/ to free up 4gig on /. Then remove the DVD sources in the media manager and set up on-line sources.
Another place to check is your $USER/tmp directory. KDE tends to keep all the crash reports for any KDE app you have used as well as various other data (most - if not all -of which is not needed after a reboot). I go into my ~/tmp directory about once a month to clean all the older stuff out. At some point (as in when I have the time) I intend to create a clean up script to manage all this automatically (in a cron job) since it is always the same type of debris I am removing (e.g.: a repetitive task). When (and if) I get it finished, I'll post the script on my LQ blog.
Thanks to everyone for their advice. Unfortunately I deleted files in /tmp and the result after rebooting that I could no longer get beyond the boot splash .
As my PowerPack 2008.0 DVD is in Paris and I am in the middle of France (house renovation, what else) I was getting desperate for a bootable Mandriva DVD/Cd. I came across Mandriva ONE LIVE 2009 and decided to install that. I managed to make a backup on an external drive and then proceeded to install MDV2009. I took the opportunity to increase the size of hda5 from 7Gb to over 10Gb and of the swap from 3Gb to 4Gb. The install went well but of course there was no working Skype - something which is a must for me.
Then last night while sorting through some bits and bobs, I came across a French Mandriva magazine with a French Mandriva 2998.0 Free attached. Btw, I am overwhelmed by Linux magazines in France, even the smallest newsagent carries Linux mags; 5+ titles.
So now I am back to Mandriva 2008.0 with everything working and no DVD copied over to hda5.
Thanks again to you all. I have pick up a few tips from your replies.
Meanwhile, I am looking forrward to testing the Spring Mdv 2009 and hope that it will be far more stable than the 2009.0 edition
If /tmp doesn't have it's own partition, then while the error occurred while trying to write to /tmp, the cause is that the root directory (/) is full. On my desktop, I've had the ~/.xsession-errors grow incredibly large in size, and deleting it fixed the problem. I did get an advanced warning however before it became critical.
FWIW, when I install Linux these days for a personal system, I only create three partitions: /, /home and swap. All others (/usr, /root, /tmp, /boot, /var) get automatically created as directories in /.
The minor disadvantages of that are trivial compared to the advantage of not having to guess what relative sizes I'll need.
In fact, sometimes I only create / and swap. Although keeping personal work separate from system files does offer a little more flexible when upgrading.
[...]Although keeping personal work separate from system files does offer a little more flexible when upgrading.
I don't understand your comment about "more flexibility." Could you offer more details?
My understanding is that, for most distributions, an upgrade will not touch anything in /home, and the only "advantage" in a separate /home partition is that you've imposed an arbitrary size limit on the amount of space available to your users. (Application-specific hidden files may be changed when an upgraded application is started by a user, but that's normal and expected.)
If you have some need to limit user disk space usage, it is probably easier and more flexible to establish per-user disk quotas.
So, how does putting everything in "/" limit one's flexibility?
Last edited by PTrenholme; 02-15-2009 at 01:58 PM.
I don't understand your comment about "more flexibility." Could you offer more details?
My understanding is that, for most distributions, an upgrade will not touch anything in /home, and the only "advantage" in a separate /home partition is that you've imposed an arbitrary size limit on the amount of space available to your users.
The personal systems that I referenced only have one user so there is no point limiting the user.
But you said the answer yourself: an upgrade will not touch anything in home.
If the advantage to you is so small that you don't see it, then don't do it. I'm not far behind you.
If you have a separate /home you can do a clean install and keep all of your existing personal settings, by opting not to format /home.
Well, yes, but wouldn't it be easier to just restore /home from your backup files?
Doing it your way seems to require creating a user without a home directory, or a dummy one, changing /etc/fstab on the new installation to mount your old /home, deleting the /home that the new installation will have created, and testing all the new installation's applications with the older /home.