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Old 09-23-2004, 12:44 AM   #1
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~/ size limit

hi i put some movies in my home directory and run out of space when i shouldnt have. does slackware 9.1 have restrictions on the size of your home directory. thanks
Old 09-23-2004, 01:37 AM   #2
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Hi, bm1.

Two possibilities immediately come to mind.

1) You have a separate partition for your home directory and that partion is full. You can check this by typing "df -ah". (You might have to be root.) If this is the case, I suggest looking in the mount man pages (and online). It's possible to mount directories in directories in order to get around this. Get creative.

2) You have an unwanted quota set up for your home directory. You can learn about quotas (I'm not too good with them) at:

There's my two bits. I hope it helps.

Old 09-23-2004, 02:54 AM   #3
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I'm not aware of any built-in space quotas in Slack, and just to add slightly to Dane's comments, the third possibility is that if /home is not in a separate partition and instead just exists in the / partition, then it could be that your root partition is full as well, which would not be good. I'd guess that Dane's option #1 is probably the most likely cause of this however.

How big of a disk drive(s) are you using, what's your partitioning scheme, and what are the results of running the "df -h" command? -- J.W.
Old 09-23-2004, 03:03 AM   #4
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I have Gkrellm monitoring my partitions and warn me when they get 95% full. When it reaches 98% it halts the system. Works well for me, especially when downloading stuff when I'm not around.

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Old 09-23-2004, 06:48 AM   #5
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i have a asus laptop with a 20gb hard drive. 10 belongs to win2k and the rest belongs to slackware9.1 which i think is aout 7.3 or something like that. the home directory is not on another partition. i was moving the movies through samba. could this be a problem. Thank you for your replies
Old 09-23-2004, 07:10 AM   #6
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It's possible to mount directories in directories in order to get around this. Get creative.
I don't see how this can fix a disk space problem (??)

bm1> just type 'df' in a teminal, you will see avaiable free space in your mounted partitions, look at / partition


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