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Old 09-21-2005, 05:16 PM   #1
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trying to reinstall fedora 3 over an existing fedora 3 installation

I had installed 'Complete' installation of Fedora 3 on a 20G partition. Now I have run out of space. I get a 'GDM could not write to your authorization file' error whenever I try to login, though I can still login as root. My disk usage is 100%. I tried removing some stuff but the usage is still 100%. I dont want to remove anything from /usr/lib or /usr/share as I am not sure what all can be safely removed.

I have some useful stuff on my current installation and dont want to lose it. Do I really need to reinstall Fedora? If yes, how should I go about it without loosing my data? I still want Fedora 3.

Old 09-21-2005, 07:48 PM   #2
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You can clear Yum's cached packages with
yum clean packages
That should clear up a little space; but I really don't know what is taking up 20GB.

You can remove any packages you don't need with
yum remove whatever
But I think a normal installation doesn't take more than 4 or 5 gigs or so. Are you storing a lot of stuff on there?
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I tried doing 'yum clean packages' but i get an error saying 'No space left on device'. I had done a complete installation which i think taked around 7G and I am not storing a lot of stuff in there either. I noticed that my /var/lib is taking up 9.8G space.

I have the following in /var/lib, but I dont know what I can safely remove from the list.

alternatives dhcpv6 mailman nfs rpm ups
amanda games misc ntp scrollkeeper webalizer
canna htdig mrtg pcmcia slocate wnn
cs imap mysql pgsql squirrelmail xdm
dav ldap namazu php texmf xkb
dhcp logrotate.status news random-seed up2date

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Actually it is my /var/lib/mysql folder which is taking up around 9.7G! I dont think its a good idea to remove /var/lib/mysql as it might have some links. Any suggestions anyone...

Old 09-22-2005, 09:58 AM   #5
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If you are looking at reinstalling, do you have more disk? If so, why not just add a mountpoint at /var/lib/mysql, and move that directory onto new disk space. You might also look at /var/log to free up some room used by unneeded logs files.

My 2 cents...


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