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Root partition full in Fedora 19

asked 2013-09-23 10:22:26 -0500

corpol gravatar image

updated 2013-09-24 06:51:23 -0500

FranciscoD_ gravatar image

My 54 GB root partition is full already. I didn't install many applications, but when I log in I receive a message telling me that I have 0 bytes left.

My home partition is just using 10 GB out of 240.

I'm using Fedora 19 in a new netbook ASUS with 2 GB in RAM and HDD 320 GB

When installing I selected the automatic partition assignment and used the whole disk for this OS, I erased windows.

Does anybody have a clue on this problem?

Thanks a lot


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Could you add the output of lsblk? How best to ‘move’ some free space from /home to / depends a lot on the current partition layout, and whether LVM etc. are in use or not.

Gareth Jones gravatar imageGareth Jones ( 2013-09-23 10:36:37 -0500 )edit

Thx, I actually ran a disk analysis and the var/log is full, so now my question is how do I fix it? The output of lsblk is NAME MAJ:MIN RM SIZE RO TYPE MOUNTPOINT sda 8:0 0 298,1G 0 disk ├─sda1 8:1 0 200M 0 part /boot/efi ├─sda2 8:2 0 500M 0 part /boot └─sda3 8:3 0 297,4G 0 part ├─fedora-swap 253:0 0 3,8G 0 lvm [SWAP] ├─fedora-root 253:1 0 50G 0 lvm / └─fedora-home 253:2 0 243,6G 0 lvm /home

corpol gravatar imagecorpol ( 2013-09-23 19:24:37 -0500 )edit

I vote this up due to a "me-too" condition on a recently installed Fedora 20 system. I'm clueless after 2 days struggling to get back my usual free 23 GB within the 50 GB root partition. No big files anywhere... /var/log is pretty usual & decent. du tools, directory by directory exploration with ncdu hasn't help neither... I'm baffled. Ran fsck from a live CD... no effect.

Davinken gravatar imageDavinken ( 2014-05-23 18:29:43 -0500 )edit

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answered 2013-09-23 11:31:27 -0500

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updated 2013-09-23 11:33:02 -0500

It is very likely that it is full because of /var/log!

Try this as root -

cd /var
du -sh *

If you do notice that the size of /var/log is huge, you will know the cause of the problem.

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answered 2013-09-24 02:01:50 -0500

abkumar gravatar image

find the bigger files under /var/log using the du -sh * command above and remove the bigger log files/directories.

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answered 2014-06-04 10:59:30 -0500

Davinken gravatar image

I ran into this condition in a tricky way. My Fedora 20 system has an external (USB) hard disk, and a cron script runs every hour to make sure it is there so that some external systems can rsync to it. I check for the existence of the disk by testing if the lost+ound directory exists, and if not, try to mount it from its usual /dev/sdb location (there is some added intelligence to verify that the disk is under that port).

At some point, a external system ran a heavy rsync w/o the external disk being mounted.... it consumed all space under /mnt untill zero bytes were left... Then, the mount checker script ran as if nothing, and mounted the external disk on top of /mnt, effectively hiding the files underneath (more than 34 GB of fine grained contents).

Any du, df, find etc. command was uneffective in finding the offending files. When reaching /mnt they just explored the mounted external disk, which had plenty of free space and no big files, so was not a suspect.

Tired of this I booted from a live CD to investitage, and as the external disk was not mounted in this environment, it was piece of cake to find the culprit files under /mnt.

Surprisingly, the system kept working mostly normally for > 1 week with 0 bytes left under /

Hope this helps on similar situations...

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answered 2014-06-04 17:44:23 -0500

williamjmorenor gravatar image

yum clean all

Can help to remove the RPM packages than yum download when you update your system

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