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Old 12-25-2004, 04:51 AM   #1
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Running a bit low on space

Hi I have just installed Fedora Core 3 and I am having some space issues, I have a 200GB hd, which I have partitioned up 8GB for os and the rest for general data, which happens to be NTFS, upon installing the os, I had to manually configure all the drives to make sure that I didn't lose any of the data on the General data partition, I however foolishly configured the swap file to the same size as my memory + 512MB, as I read that it should be double, which would have been 3GB, so I lost 2 gigs of the 8 gig free space, so now I have 6gigs to install and get running, which I though to myself will be enough to get things running with space free, as I can mount my NTFS partition and use that as well.

I have now run out of space, which I cannot work out why, I seem to be hemorrhaging space on a daily basis, and I cannot figure out where, I'm afraid to use the NTFS partition, as I read that it is only supposed to be a read only partition if you value your data.

I'm wondering what could cause the loss of space, I have a slight instability issue atm, with the nvidia 6629 drivers in that the system will freeze up, I'm wondering if there is debug data being created, which uses up my space, or the up2date tool is not removing the old packages as and when it installs the updated ones, I have cleared out my tmp folder, but this only gives me a little space back, is there any other locations which I should clear out? A space usage graphical representation tool, would be nice, I used to use one under windows which began with a q of the top of my head.

Any help would be much appreciated, otherwise I will have to raid the piggy bank and buy another hd and start from scratch

Also for the future, how much swap space should I define I have 1.5 Gigs of ram, which for my normal usage get up to about 94% usage 73 % of which is cache, I have heard that 512MB is the norm if you have over 700MB of ram, under normal usage, I think that is reasonable, I'm just wondering what happens if it uses all the memory and the swap, what is likely to happen, is it just going to thrash the hd and kill performance?

Once again thanx for any help
Old 12-25-2004, 05:41 AM   #2
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I'm no expert, but I have read that the swap partition should be no more than 2048MB, so 3GB is too much.
Old 12-25-2004, 05:58 PM   #3
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if you have a gig of memory, you don't really need that much if any swap IMHO. The whole swap= 2x RAM is correct until you get near a gig of ram, of course unless you are running things that use a LOT of memory.
Old 12-25-2004, 08:37 PM   #4
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Thanx for the intel I will have a look at attacking the partitions with parted, it should save some of my space woes, but I expect that it will give me head ache instead

Once again thanx


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