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df -k shows no space left, even after i delete things. Always 100% use Disappearing hard drive space! :(

Posted on 2004-04-27
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Hi,

I recently was doing some cp -R and some deletions of files when installing XFree 4.4, so that now I have a strange error - even when I delete files, my hard drive shows that 100% of disk space is used. I can delete more and more files, but it still always shows 100% usage.


[root@icecream root]# df -k
Filesystem           1K-blocks      Used Available Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda2              8127808   7911328         0 100% /
/dev/sda1               101089     15059     80811  16% /boot
none                    256672         0    256672   0% /dev/shm
[root@icecream root]# df -h
Filesystem            Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda2             7.8G  7.6G     0 100% /
/dev/sda1              99M   15M   79M  16% /boot
none                  251M     0  251M   0% /dev/shm
[root@icecream root]#

Are some examples.  I can still write stuff / copy stuff using root until the sda2 used is the actual number of 1k-blocks. However, when another user (regular user) tries to write to the disk, it says the disk is full.

What might be the problem?

Thanks.!

-Edward
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There's a percentage of each file system reserved (10% as I recall) that root, and only root, can use. In your case this would mean that the amount used would have to drop below 7315000 or so before the Use% would go below 100%. Since the file system is at 7911328 you'd need to remove some 600Mb more to fall below 100% in use.
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By the way, my inodes says

[root@icecream root]# df -i
Filesystem            Inodes   IUsed   IFree IUse% Mounted on
/dev/sda2            1032192  261058  771134   26% /
/dev/sda1              26104      49   26055    1% /boot
none                   64168       1   64167    1% /dev/shm

So I haven't run out of inodes.

-Edward
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Correct...
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By the way, my inodes says

[root@icecream root]# df -i
Filesystem            Inodes   IUsed   IFree IUse% Mounted on
/dev/sda2            1032192  261058  771134   26% /
/dev/sda1              26104      49   26055    1% /boot
none                   64168       1   64167    1% /dev/shm

So I haven't run out of inodes.

-Edward
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Perfect answer. Thanks!

-Edward
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