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Old 08-09-2006, 04:33 PM   #1
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ethereal --> full hard drive


I tried experimenting with ethereal yesterday and let it run all night. I came back this morning to a system with a full hard drive. I searched the drive and found in /tmp, a file >13GB. Removing this file and rebooting did not correct the problem. Reading through the "similar questions" section of this forum indicates the problem may be an open deleted file. (As a new user, I cannot link to the page.) There was no method described to rectify the problem. Similar to that user, df -h shows 100%, and df -i shows 4%. I did not realize that ethereal would write that much data, and my ignorance has cost me dearly.
 
Old 08-09-2006, 04:44 PM   #2
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hmm, yeah ethereal isn't something to run all night... won't do it again huh?

so i take it you are asking on help with what to do with a full drive basically still? if you can not get into your system at all i would suggest using the appropriate rescue disk for whatever distro you're using and let it discover what partitions you have and mount them. then you should be able to run your "df -h"'s to find the full partitions. if you can't find the file within the partition, i often use the "du --max-depth 1" command in the base directory of the full partition. that'll show the size of all directories there. then change to the obvious culprit and run the du command again, and you'll hunt down where the space has gone.
 
Old 08-09-2006, 04:55 PM   #3
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i'm not up on my ethereal, maybe have a look in /var/log/whatever for new ginormous files.
 
Old 08-09-2006, 05:07 PM   #4
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Check this similar thread; if you are *really* full it will take a while, so be patient.
 
Old 08-10-2006, 07:58 AM   #5
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Thanks everyone for replying. The problem is that I've already done those commands. I found the huge file in /tmp and removed it. The OS (Debian Sarge) just doesn't realize that it's gone. Programs such as XMail and BIND go merrily on their way, but vnstat and MySQL (the critical one) are freaking out. The symptoms are the same as the last entry in the thread listed below [See: Slackware(df says my hard drive is full but its not)]. The pertinent post is the last one, but the individual does not say what he did to fix it. As root, I can write, copy large files from another drive, install new packages; and BIND continues to write to to the query log - things I couldn't do if the drive was really full. Where to go next......
 
Old 08-10-2006, 09:57 AM   #6
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acid_kewpie,

After reading and rereading your post, the "max-depth 1" option finally jumped out at me as something I had not tried. I guess I've been in too much of a panic to read the details - just skimming. Using that method, I found a duplicate of the file I removed yesterday. Now I have plenty of disk space. Thank you for all your help.
 
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w00tsie! oh yeah...
 
  


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