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Old 07-22-2005, 02:31 AM   #1
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Unhappy boot failure due to insufficient space ??


I have been using red hat linux (fedora core 1) with windows xp through
Grub boot loader for some time now.

Yesterday while working in linux a very large output data file was created. However I forgot to delete it.

Subsequently, linux is failing to boot saying that the disc space is not sufficient.
I had made the mistake from working from inside the root directory itself.

However I can boot normally to windows.
Could anybody help me suggest how to get through the ordeal? My emergency boot floppy disls in linux have become unusable.

Will it help if I perform an installation upgrade to (say Fedora core 1 or later) keeping the linux partitions as it is and installing only the minimum no: of rpms?

I do not want to format the linux partitions as I have no backup as yet.

Is there any easy solution?

Thank you.
Old 07-22-2005, 03:08 AM   #2
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First thing that comes to my mind is..
Can you boot a live CD.
Mount the partition that the file is on, and then delete or move that file?

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Old 07-22-2005, 04:43 PM   #3
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Please do not post the same thread in more than one forum. Picking the most relevant forum and posting it once there makes it easier for other members to help you and keeps the discussion all in one place.

There's a copy of your thread in Linux-Newbie with more replies here:

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Old 07-27-2005, 01:22 PM   #4
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Smile thanks a lot

Thanks for suggesting I use the Knoppix CD ..I hadn't heard of it before..took some time to proure one and googled to find how to chroot from the root was easy.
thanks a lot to you all and

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