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dch 09-30-2009 12:33 PM

System storage device full?
 
Hello,
I'm a very new linux user and am still trying to get to grips with it so please bear with me.

I go into disk utility and it tells me that my system storage device is full, firstly what is the system storage device? I go into file manager then open all file systems to find 3 directories two of which, /ro & /, are full? Full with what?

I am having problems setting up a 3G vodaphone dongle and fear that these directories maybe responcible

What are they and if I need to delete something what & how?

Thank you
David

i92guboj 09-30-2009 12:36 PM

I don't know what the "disk utility" might be. Can you please open a terminal (xterm, gnome-terminal, konsole or anything similar), type these two commands and paste here the output?

Code:

$ df
$ df -i

That will tell us if your drives are indeed full or the problem is elsewhere.

dch 09-30-2009 12:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by i92guboj (Post 3702104)
I don't know what the "disk utility" might be. Can you please open a terminal (xterm, gnome-terminal, konsole or anything similar), type these two commands and paste here the output?

Code:

$ df
$ df -i

That will tell us if your drives are indeed full or the problem is elsewhere.

Thank you for the responce . Disk utility is under the menu heading "settings" As to your reply sorry but I do not know what the words you use mean!

i92guboj 09-30-2009 01:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dch (Post 3702127)
Thank you for the responce . Disk utility is under the menu heading "settings" As to your reply sorry but I do not know what the words you use mean!

Problem is that these graphics tools are different across different Linux distros, and I don't even know which one you are using.

The basic command line tools on the contrary are pretty much standard and consistent, and additionally, they offer plain-text output, which means that it's damn easy to paste the information here. Your graphical tools might be nice, but only you can see them, and that doesn't help us to help you.

What I meant above is that you need to open a terminal emulator window. It's a place where you can write commands, you know, that little window with usually a black background (though it depends on how it's configured) where you can type meaningless stuff.

Common terminal emulators are xterm, gnome-terminal, konsole, eterm, rxvt, terminal, kuake... There are many more, and you should be able to locate one of many of them in your desktop menu. Once you have done that, write "df" in that window, and press enter. Paste the output here. Then repeat for "df -i".

dch 09-30-2009 02:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by i92guboj (Post 3702141)
Problem is that these graphics tools are different across different Linux distros, and I don't even know which one you are using.

The basic command line tools on the contrary are pretty much standard and consistent, and additionally, they offer plain-text output, which means that it's damn easy to paste the information here. Your graphical tools might be nice, but only you can see them, and that doesn't help us to help you.

What I meant above is that you need to open a terminal emulator window. It's a place where you can write commands, you know, that little window with usually a black background (though it depends on how it's configured) where you can type meaningless stuff.

Common terminal emulators are xterm, gnome-terminal, konsole, eterm, rxvt, terminal, kuake... There are many more, and you should be able to locate one of many of them in your desktop menu. Once you have done that, write "df" in that window, and press enter. Paste the output here. Then repeat for "df -i".

Ah okay I understand. I've gone through the manual and it does not tell me how to get to a blank screen...... do you know?

David

i92guboj 09-30-2009 02:58 PM

Do you know what distribution are you running? If not try to describe how did you get it installed, did it come with your box? Are you sure it's Linux at all? Are you in a desktop environment? If you you should really see a menu, and there must be a terminal emulator somewhere in there.

It's hard to give you any hint about how to use something without even knowing what that "something" is.

dch 09-30-2009 03:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by i92guboj (Post 3702258)
Do you know what distribution are you running? If not try to describe how did you get it installed, did it come with your box? Are you sure it's Linux at all? Are you in a desktop environment? If you you should really see a menu, and there must be a terminal emulator somewhere in there.

It's hard to give you any hint about how to use something without even knowing what that "something" is.

I'm using an Asus Eee pc 901 preloaded with linux version 1.6.0.104

rysiekmus2 09-30-2009 03:40 PM

Asus linux
 
On Wikipedia I found the Linux Asus is using:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ASUS_Eee_PC
The Linux version of the Eee PC runs a custom tab-based interface and uses IceWM as the default window manager...
I then says : pre-installed Xandros operating system
This is also on Wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xandros
Looks like Debian.

rysiekmus2 09-30-2009 03:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dch (Post 3702275)
I'm using an Asus Eee pc 901 preloaded with linux version 1.6.0.104

Can you find something like Terminal in the "Start menu -> System" ?

dch 09-30-2009 04:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rysiekmus2 (Post 3702304)
Can you find something like Terminal in the "Start menu -> System" ?


Thanks for the imput. Unfortunately there is no start menu etc.

i92guboj 09-30-2009 04:20 PM

Ugh, I really hate those dumbed-down OSes.

Do you have any means to run a command? Is there a "run command" or "launch something" icon around or something similar? Does alt+f2 bring up any dialog to run command? I wonder why they think this kind of interface makes Linux more usable, they obviously do not. I'll try to find a manual for this critter so I know what can be done and what can't be done.

SharpyWarpy 09-30-2009 08:33 PM

I don't mean to sound discouraging, but I think you should find someone to install another Linux distribution on that computer. Someone who is familiar with Linux. That way maybe you will have something that is more newbie friendly and you can learn how to use it quicker.

nigelc 09-30-2009 08:50 PM

Hi,
I think it's something like "CTRL ALT T"

i92guboj 09-30-2009 08:56 PM

The only manuals I've found so far as for the WinXP version. I have no idea about what kind of interface that thing has by default. I agree that your best bet, if you can't find your way around with the manual, is to find someone knowledgeable who can physically see what's going on, and maybe install something that's really usable in place of that cell-phone-like interface.

Lordandmaker 10-01-2009 03:47 AM

Work -> File Manager -> Tools -> Open Console Window

should give you Konsole, which is a terminal emulator.


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