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dolphans1 01-17-2006 12:00 PM

Root partition is full again wont boot ?
Hey guys I have done it again, my root partician is full again. I had to do a new install without formating because I was getting errors with my hdb drive. So I removed my hdb drive and did a new install without formating on my hda drive.

I went in and unchecked all the yellow checks, so no new packages would be installed, but when I went to boot-up it would not boot because there was not enough space in /.

My question is, what can I delete or remove that might allow me more space to boot up safely.

I just do not want to go through another root install. It's got me really beat down.

Thanks for any suggestions....


dolphans1 01-17-2006 12:58 PM

My root partition shows that it 5.2 GB out of 5.8 GB what is the minimum required to boot?


gilead 01-17-2006 01:39 PM

Did your partition fill up because you installed too many packages or because of downloads or expanding log files? It's possible that uninstalling some packages now just delays the same problem occurring again later on.

It might help to check that your log files being rotated and re-used so that there's a limit on how much space they take up. Could there be an auto updater that doesn't delete the packages it downloads?

You can check where the high usage us by running the following:


du -sh /*
If it showed that very high usage was in /usr, you'd then run:


du -sh /usr/*
And so on until you found where the files are.

How much space you require to boot depends on what you are running. 600MB (5.8G - 5.2G) sounds like a lot, but for all I know you have a file for swap space instead of a partition and are running something like Oracle on a box with low RAM...

dolphans1 01-17-2006 02:05 PM

Here is what I get, keep in mind I am running Mandriva-Live CD to retrieve this information.....



[root@localhost guest]# du -sh
1.1M .
[root@localhost guest]# du -sh /*
5.6G /2006
5.7M /bin
2.5M /boot
2.6M /dev
20M /etc
1.1M /home
0 /home2006
0 /initrd
28M /lib
2.1G /live
0 /mnt
0 /opt
642M /proc
679K /root
6.5M /sbin
0 /sys
24K /tmp
1.4G /usr
50M /var
0 /xorg.conf
[root@localhost guest]#

dolphans1 01-17-2006 02:08 PM

Here is my /USR/


[root@localhost guest]# du -sh /usr/*
92M /usr/bin
0 /usr/etc
812K /usr/games
73K /usr/include
717M /usr/lib
0 /usr/local
4.0M /usr/sbin
501M /usr/share
512 /usr/src
0 /usr/tmp
72M /usr/X11R6
[root@localhost guest]#

dolphans1 01-17-2006 03:53 PM

I figured out what to do, but made a fatal mistake, I accidently deleted my home folder in root and could never get sign in access when I would try and boot up. Nonetheless I was only able to free up about 50MB's and I just went ahead and did a complete reinstall. I said to myself, you know this is ridiculous, I have spent 2 days trying to fix this out manually, I could have easily just done a complete new install and finished in about the same amount of time.

Oh well that's how you learn, by crashing and burning and hoping to tell about it in the end....

What I found was files stored in azureus....freed up enough space in root.


gilead 01-17-2006 04:32 PM

Yeah, but the good thing about a re-install is that you get to use all the tweaks you've learned since the last one ;)

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