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Old 11-19-2012, 11:10 PM   #1
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Post Root Filesystem (/) appears almost Full

Dear Viewers,

I have a Linux WCCP Server. It's / appears 25G/30G even nothing large is stored on it. The Largest firetory stored on it is of 1.9G. I can't figured it out. I thoroughly checked it using this command:

du -sh *

I even restart the server so many time to referesh its inodes but every step is useless.

Can anyone help me? Quick response will be highly appreciated.

Muhammad Raheel Arshad
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Old 11-20-2012, 01:01 AM   #2
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Well, this will measure by KB and sort numerically
du -s *|sort -k1 -n
then you need to go through the dirs, starting with the largest and figure out what's there.

You can use
df -h .
as you go to check that you're only looking at stuff on the '/' partition.
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I find it better to reverse sort, and pipe it to head. Then just start working your way down the list.
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OK, by restarting the server you've eliminated the possibility of a large unlinked file held open by some process. One thing that remains is data hidden under an active mount point, the result, for example, of copying /home to a separate file system and then mounting that on /home without first removing the original content. Try this:
mkdir /tmp/tmproot
mount --bind / /tmp/tmproot
du -c --max-depth=2 /tmp/tmproot
If unwanted data shows up, you can delete it from /tmp/tmproot and free up that space in your root file system. Afterward, you can "umount /tmp/tmproot" and "rmdir /tmp/tmproot" and be back to normal (or, just reboot).


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