Subject: Re: Mysterious "Filesystem full" on 3.99.13
To: None <>
From: Juergen Hannken-Illjes <>
List: current-users
Date: 12/22/2005 10:13:41
On Thu, Dec 22, 2005 at 08:49:18AM +0000, Martijn van Buul wrote:
> Hello.
> Last night, my laptop suddenly started yelling "Filesystem full on /usr",
> out of nowhere. I had been doing a massive rebuild, so my first assumption
> was that something had gone beserk, as I usually have around 12GB free.
> However, I was unable to find the culprit. 'df' claimed that the disk was
> 105% full, all emergency blocks used, but 'du' could only account for about
> 4G (It's a 16GB filesystem). So I rebooted to single-user mode, did an
> fsck -f, which didn't find anything, and presto: /usr is at 23% capacity 
> once again. 
> Any idea what might've gone wrong?

Maybe you had an open but unlinked (log?)file of ~12G?
It would use space because it is still in use but `du' would not list it
as it is unlinked.
During reboot this file would be freed and space reclaimed.

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Juergen Hannken-Illjes - - TU Braunschweig (Germany)