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Old 08-16-2004, 03:59 AM   #1
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Exclamation /var partition.


I have just noticed that the /var partition is full. The culprit was a large log file and I deleted it. However, there still isn't any free space. The command 'du' reports that 20% of the disk is free, but the command 'df' shows that the disk is full.

Can anyone tell me what I have done wrong or overlooked.


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Exclamation /proc filesystem


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Old 08-16-2004, 05:12 AM   #3
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how did you delete the files? by rm command or with kde?
"deleting" in kde normally moves the files to a different folder...
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Using the 'rm' command.
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You could try using the 'du' command to identify larger files you can delete. There'd be a lot of output, so I'd use grep to find the ones in Megabytes:

du -h /var |grep M

Or you could try remounting the partition if the free space is being shown wrong (never seen that before..)

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Old 08-16-2004, 07:12 AM   #6
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Most likely you deleted a log file that is currently still being written to so the space will be be freed up until the process is killed.. what was the log file name and try finding the corresponding process that was writing to that file and kill it.

If you don't know what process it is, try doing an lsof to search for the open file.


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