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philforrest 03-18-2004 07:56 PM

/var really full or not?
 
Hi, I'm running Red Hat 9.0 and my /var partition is 300Megs. My system claims that /var is 100% full using df -k but when I "cd /var" then do "du -h" it shows only 27 Megs in use. Why the discrepancy?

Thanks,
Phil

itsjustme 03-18-2004 08:18 PM

You should post the output of those commands and also post fdisk -l

philforrest 03-18-2004 09:11 PM

No problem, here's the output from df -k, /var of 'du -h' and fdisk -l:

[root@node28 root]# df -k
Filesystem 1K-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on
/dev/hda3 1106832 882128 168480 84% /
/dev/hda1 101089 21212 74658 23% /boot
none 514928 0 514928 0% /dev/shm
/dev/hda6 15662412 2000092 12866704 14% /scratchlocal
/dev/hda5 295564 280310 0 100% /var
head1:/export/home2/xywang
153834884 103298772 42721696 71% /home/xywang
head1:/export_prism/prism/pgi
76896224 20041784 52948244 28% /prism/pgi
head1:/export_prism/prism/chemistry
76896224 20041784 52948244 28% /prism/chemistry
head1:/export/home2/hyjoo
153834884 103298772 42721696 71% /home/hyjoo
head1:/export/home2/mmckee
153834884 103298772 42721696 71% /home/mmckee
[root@node28 root]# cd /var
[root@node28 var]# du -h
12K ./lost+found
1.0K ./cache/man/X11R6/cat1
1.0K ./cache/man/X11R6/cat2
1.0K ./cache/man/X11R6/cat3
1.0K ./cache/man/X11R6/cat4
1.0K ./cache/man/X11R6/cat5
1.0K ./cache/man/X11R6/cat6
1.0K ./cache/man/X11R6/cat7
1.0K ./cache/man/X11R6/cat8
1.0K ./cache/man/X11R6/cat9
1.0K ./cache/man/X11R6/catn
11K ./cache/man/X11R6
1.0K ./cache/man/cat1
1.0K ./cache/man/cat2
1.0K ./cache/man/cat3
1.0K ./cache/man/cat4
1.0K ./cache/man/cat5
1.0K ./cache/man/cat6
1.0K ./cache/man/cat7
1.0K ./cache/man/cat8
1.0K ./cache/man/cat9
1.0K ./cache/man/catn
1.0K ./cache/man/local/cat1
1.0K ./cache/man/local/cat2
1.0K ./cache/man/local/cat3
1.0K ./cache/man/local/cat4
1.0K ./cache/man/local/cat5
1.0K ./cache/man/local/cat6
1.0K ./cache/man/local/cat7
1.0K ./cache/man/local/cat8
1.0K ./cache/man/local/cat9
1.0K ./cache/man/local/catn
11K ./cache/man/local
1.3M ./cache/man
1.3M ./cache
1.0K ./db
1.0K ./empty/sshd
2.0K ./empty
2.0K ./lib/alternatives
15K ./lib/dhcp
1.0K ./lib/games
1.0K ./lib/misc
1.0K ./lib/nfs/statd/sm
1.0K ./lib/nfs/statd/sm.bak
4.0K ./lib/nfs/statd
7.0K ./lib/nfs
21M ./lib/rpm
449K ./lib/slocate
1.0K ./lib/up2date
22M ./lib
1.0K ./local
1.0K ./lock/subsys
2.0K ./lock
1.0K ./log/vbox
2.9M ./log
1.0K ./nis
1.0K ./opt
1.0K ./preserve
1.0K ./run/console
1.0K ./run/netreport
1.0K ./run/saslauthd
1.0K ./run/sudo/root
2.0K ./run/sudo
19K ./run
1.0K ./spool/PBS/aux
1.0K ./spool/PBS/checkpoint
547K ./spool/PBS/mom_logs
1.0K ./spool/PBS/mom_priv/jobs
5.0K ./spool/PBS/mom_priv
11K ./spool/PBS/spool
5.0K ./spool/PBS/undelivered
572K ./spool/PBS
4.0K ./spool/anacron
1.0K ./spool/at/spool
2.0K ./spool/at
509K ./spool/clientmqueue
1.0K ./spool/cron
1.0K ./spool/lpd
1.0K ./spool/mail
1.0K ./spool/mqueue
1.0K ./spool/repackage
1.0K ./spool/up2date
1.0K ./spool/vbox
1.1M ./spool
1.0K ./tmp
3.0K ./yp/binding
22K ./yp
27M .
[root@node28 var]# fdisk -l

Disk /dev/hda: 20.0 GB, 20020396032 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 2434 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hda1 * 1 13 104391 83 Linux
/dev/hda2 14 275 2104515 83 Linux
/dev/hda3 276 415 1124550 83 Linux
/dev/hda4 416 2434 16217617+ f Win95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/hda5 416 453 305203+ 83 Linux
/dev/hda6 454 2434 15912351 83 Linux
[root@node28 var]#

philforrest 03-22-2004 05:34 PM

No ideas?
 
Just wondering, is this site for easy Linux questions or the really hard ones? I seem to have stumped people 3 times now.

Thanks,
Phil

JZL240I-U 02-21-2005 05:14 AM

Um, this is an extremely old thread, but just for those who stumble over it e.g. during a search: as far as I know "du" looks only at the files which are closed during its run, hence (possibly) the discrepancy...

philforrest 02-21-2005 05:43 PM

Answering my own post.. :rolleyes:

Turns out that the partition was out of inodes. Whoever formatted the partition did so with chunks that were too large.

So anybody up for setting up a site called www.reallyhardlinuxquestions.org ?

-Phil

JZL240I-U 02-22-2005 04:10 AM

Quote:

Originally posted by philforrest
... Turns out that the partition was out of inodes.
My first understanding would have been, that there were too many (small) files. But ...

Quote:

Originally posted by philforrest
Whoever formatted the partition did so with . ...
... this indicates otherwise. How (what program, which options) can one even format "with chunks that were too large"? What are chunks? Can you please explain a little more detailed... :)


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