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Old 10-18-2004, 10:16 AM   #1
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out of space on partition, need help freeing up room

my file system looks like this:

Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/md1 726M 639M 87M 88% /
/dev/md3 194M 22M 172M 11% /var
/dev/md4 34G 2.8G 32G 8% /home

and i'm constantly getting emails in my admin account that "/" is getting full- like 94% some somedays (until i cleaned out the previous web guy's 2000+ emails "/" was 100% filled!). i understand with windows how to clean out programs, uninstall them and move them to other partitions/hd's but i'm rather new to linux.

1) can i move programs around? do i need to?
2) stupid, but i gotta ask this: if files are not in either /var or /home, that means they are under the "/" directory? like usr, proc, lib ....

Old 10-18-2004, 11:26 AM   #2
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1) No, I'd recommend resizing your first partition a bit to like 1.5-2 GB. You can use parted for it. It's a command line program but it's really easy to use.
edit: Be careful as it might not be possible to do this properly without screwing up your files on partitions.

2) They're taking up no space under / but they're listed there. If you save something in /home it will be written to your /dev/md4 partition. That partition has less space now.

Last edited by darkleaf; 10-18-2004 at 11:28 AM.
Old 10-18-2004, 02:44 PM   #3
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thanks for the info -i'll give that command line program a whack after i back up the system (i don't think my company would like it if i killed our webserver heh)
- disorderly


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