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Old 02-23-2004, 03:26 PM   #1
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partition help / 100% full


Please help me handle my partions!
I have:

Device: Type: Size: Mount Point: Free: Full:
/dev/hda3 ext3 9,5 GB /home 6,1 GB 36,0%
/dev/hda4 ext3 2,5 GB / 0 GB 100%
/dev/hda5 ext3 1,4 GB /usr/local 1 GB 27,9%

As you can see my disk space is limited!!
I am running Slack 9.1 on a PIII laptop.

What would you suggest that I could do to rearange the space?

Regards, Janus, DK
 
Old 02-23-2004, 03:33 PM   #2
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hmmm, well, it depends on what is taking up all the space, if it's mp3s, pictures, tar.gz archives from the 'net' then i'd get a cd, or better yet a dvd burner to backup the files, espcially the tar.gz, rpms, .tar.bz2s, i use gcombust to burn my cds, as for any program you compiled from source, you can usually safely delete the build directory and it's contents after you have built and installed the program
 
Old 02-23-2004, 04:03 PM   #3
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Regardless of the data involved, your partition scheme lacks some necessary ones. /tmp and /var WILL fill up with logs n such. If you only have a root partition, this means you'll be effectively dossing yourself while logging the usual stuff. So, set up a partition for /tmp and one for /var (linking /tmp to /var/tmp is NOT a smart idea), then set up Logrotate (+compress) and make it parse them logs with something like Logwatch for easier readable stuff.
 
Old 02-23-2004, 04:11 PM   #4
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Thanks for quick reply!
I must admit, that I don't know what exactly is taking up the space. Except it's not mp3's or similar. It's probably mostly program files. How do I know which are build directory and if it can be deleted?

I like the idea of creating extra partions (the neccesary ones suggested by UnSpawn) Should I use cfdisk and can I create them on the free space of /home?

;janus
 
Old 02-23-2004, 04:22 PM   #5
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If you installed a complete slackware9.1 then thats where all your / space is. Do no listen to the last guy, logs are small. Unless you are running a high traffic web server or DB you will not have no problem with these relatively small text files. I assume this is a desktop/test server. You many want to reconsider that 6 gig home partition however. With this layout most of your software is going to be in / .. Thats where the bulk of your disk utilization will be.

-Matt
 
Old 02-23-2004, 04:33 PM   #6
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use free space?

Yes, I did a complete install of slack 9.1. I don't use it as high traffic server.
So if I don't need to worry about logs (thanks for clearifying this, matt), - I assume it must be the software taking up the space. Is there a way that I can rearange this and use some of my free space?
, janus
 
Old 02-23-2004, 05:00 PM   #7
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Having a separate /tmp and /var partition is a default IMSNHO, but then again anyone saying "don't listen to that guy" and only focussing on logs must fersure be an uberadmin and know everything I don't.
BTW JanusDay, installing about everything isn't cool from more than one POV, but I'm sure mr uberadmin will soothe you in that dept. too.
 
Old 02-23-2004, 05:57 PM   #8
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There are a few ways to go:

You can reinstall and get the partitions how you want them from the start. As a person new to Linux the least complex approach would be to install everything under / and have a separate swap.

You can use GNU Parted http://www.gnu.org/software/parted/parted.html to resize your existing partitions to some thing that will better suite your needs.

Finally you could use pkgtool to remove any unwanted/unused software to free up space on /

Further more .. there is nothing wrong with installing everything the 1st few times. Building things is much easier when you already have all the libs. Not only that but you may want to try a few desktops a few media players a few browsers before you find out whats right for you. When you have all that down, then go back and trim your install. You need to also know what your trimming before you just start cutting things out all willynilly.

Adding complexity without understanding why, only leads to more problems.


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