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Old 12-13-2005, 11:21 AM   #1
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Unhappy Free disk space in '/' getting smaller and smaller.

Every time after security or any update of packages, the free space in '/' partition is getting smaller and smaller. Initially, right after installation, it was about 1GB but now only about 200MBs are left.
Why ? Does anyone have an idea ?

Thanks in advance.
Old 12-13-2005, 12:19 PM   #2
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There is an option to remove packages after the update in the YOU module. If you don't tick it, all packages will be stored somewhere in /var/lib/YaST2/you. You can safely delete them, since they are not needed anymore.
Old 12-14-2005, 01:19 AM   #3
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Thanks for reply but it seems there is another reason.

abisko00, thanks for your reply.
I checked /var/lib/YaST2 directory and found that it does not take up much space. The total size of /var is only 160 MB.
So it cannot explain disappearance of about 1 GB of free space. Now I have only 91 MBs are left in '/' partition. This is very weird.
I checked every directory but I don't have a clue which one contains.
Anybody has any idea what causes this free space disappearance ?

Thanks in advance.
Old 12-14-2005, 01:51 AM   #4
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It's hard to answer your question without having more info, specifically, how is your drive partitioned? Do you just have a "/" partition, or have you defined separate partitions for /home, /usr, etc? Please post the results from running
fdisk -l
Note that's a lowercase "L". Knowing that will be an important clue
Old 12-14-2005, 06:27 PM   #5
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If you deleted any files in that directory, they may be in the Trash. You will need to start a session as root to empty the trash can. I tried puppy with a live CD and it stored a copy of Puppy in the root directory. I deleted the file in a root terminal session thinking it was now gone. Yast always told me that the root space was used. Finally I got the idea to look in the roots trash folder and there it was.
Old 12-16-2005, 12:24 PM   #6
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J.W. and fragos,
Thanks for your reply but not much help yet.
First following is the result of 'fdisk -l'. HDD is a SCSI disk.

Disk /dev/sda: 36.4 GB, 36401479680 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 4425 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 1 447 3590496 83 Linux
/dev/sda2 448 4425 31953285 f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/sda5 448 894 3590496 83 Linux
/dev/sda6 895 1086 1542208+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda7 1087 1278 1542208+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda8 1279 4425 25278246 83 Linux

Following is the result of 'df'

Filesystem 1K-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda1 3534096 3248284 106288 97% /
tmpfs 778080 12 778068 1% /dev/shm
/dev/sda8 24881304 2874148 20743244 13% /home
/dev/sda7 1517920 36956 1403856 3% /tmp
/dev/sda5 3534096 2830304 524268 85% /usr/local

There is another IDE HDD for windows but it is not mounted.
Following fragos reply I checked the trash bin of root but it is empty.
Usually I don't leave files in the trash bin. I just delete them.
I don't think partition structure can help much to answer my original question.


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