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rust8y 05-05-2006 09:10 AM

Solaris 9 /var directory is at 100%
I'm running Solaris 9.

Doing a df -h shows the /var directory is at 100%

Can I delete the messages.3 file?
Would deleting this file do any harm?
What other files can I delete to free up disk space on /var?

Blinker_Fluid 05-05-2006 10:16 AM

yes you can delete messages.3 When log rotate runs again you'll get it back.

do this:
cd /var
find . -size +7777 -exec ls -lh {} \;

That should show you all the large files. if you have /var/audit/ files you can probably delete most of them if you don't look at them.

jlliagre 05-05-2006 10:58 AM

FWIW, I'm using xdu ( to quickly find these big directories/files.


cd /
du -dak > du -dak.out
xdu < du -dak.out

rust8y 05-05-2006 05:30 PM

To remove the messages files in /var/adm
do I type this in the command line:

rm messages*

When will the messages files get generated again?

Thank you.

jlliagre 05-05-2006 05:54 PM

Don't do "rm messages*" but "rm messages.*", but before that, a wise thing to do would be also to have a look at the message files and see why they are growing that fast.

After all they are there to tell you something, and if there is a problem, it would be better to fix it in the first place.

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