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Old 04-19-2004, 02:27 AM   #1
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Partition shows 99% full even after deleting large files

Had a few ISO downloads that would not boot on newer PC, so I deleted them thinking will just delete them outright, w/o parking them first in the trash bin (a la ..recycle bin)
but when ck'd to see used space it shows almost 100%, even though I deleted some
3 GB worth, but it not seem to reclaim the space as free...after which I deleted a 82 MB file, this time a - move to trash, then empty bin, and it reclaimed the space (82) as free space.

Question is : what happened to all that 3 GB deleted, why don't I show it as free space?

Is there a disk cleanup like in win, or will it show as free, on reboot ?
Not seeing such post elsewhere.
Any help, much appreciated.

$ df -h
Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
8.3G 7.8G 80M 100% /
11G 2.5G 8.1G 24% /mnt/win_c
19G 304K 19G 1% /mnt/win_d
none 252M 400K 252M 1% /tmp

80 GB hd -guess unpartitioned free space not showing....I might have to boot into XP, and see what Paragon Partition will display (not listed a Slackware 9.1 on a 5GB hda3 -that went surprisingly easy install, just to disapoint and not do- startx (screens not found -fatal error).
Mdk 10 config'd the Nvidia FX5200 just fine (w/o any input like xmodule=nv).
Old 04-19-2004, 09:48 AM   #2
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How did you do the delete of the large files?
Only thing I could think of would be an error occured in the file system structure.
To make sure nothing is wrong, boot into single user mode and run a file system check (fsck) on the partition in question.
Old 04-19-2004, 10:07 AM   #3
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To check the size of each directory, as root, type:
cd /
du -sh *
then you can know what takes so much space.

Last edited by alveric; 04-19-2004 at 10:08 AM.
Old 04-19-2004, 12:07 PM   #4
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Thank you for your help:
du -sh * revealed :

5.5M bin
3.7M boot
0 dev
30M etc
5.4G home **
8.0K initrd
29M lib
4.0K lost+found
2.5G mnt **
4.0K opt
514M proc
4.6M root
7.3M sbin
0 sys
60K tmp
1.4G usr **
87M var

looks like ** home, mnt and usr- got the lion's share....
I'll do a fsck (need to do it at boot time, or can I do it in konsole ? )
I suspect a diff partition the culprit, when I switched from lilo to grub (problem) redid
back to lilo.
Q:How I deleted ?
A:right click on file, delete.

I did some more : move to trash,empty bin and I see that it works...just have to see
how I get that free space recognized by doing the delete previously.

Can I do a fsck in konsole , or when booting (shift Y ) ?
Old 04-19-2004, 12:18 PM   #5
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fs scan needs to be done with the fs mounted unmounted or mounted as read-only, that means you will have to go into single user mode.
At boot time type lilo single


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