Ubuntu Installation :: Disk Space - Failes On A "E: Write Error - Write (28 No Space Left On Device)"

Jan 4, 2011

df -h [URL] I did the following command to find everything is in /usr or /var, then tracked it down to /usr/lib and /usr/share as the main offenders, but out of all the directories none are more than 1mb or so.

du -sh /* | sort -gr | head -n 5

I tried to uninstall firefox, which is what got me in this mess in the first place, the log claims it will remove ~240 mb but failes on a "E: Write error - write (28 No space left on device)" [URL] If I could juggle something onto an external hard drive so I can uninstall firefox I would be out of the wood. Failing that I believe a new install is in order.

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Red Hat / Fedora :: Cannot Write To Ramdisk - No Space Left On Device?

Jul 7, 2011

I am trying to write to a Ramdisk because I suffer from terrible IO speeds on my VPS. It uses openVZ and I run a Centos 5 distro.

So i created my ramdisk with '/bin/mount -t tmpfs -o size=1G,nr_inodes=10k,mode=0775,noatime,nodiratime tmpfs /tmp'

but whenever I try and copy files to it, it just spams me with 'no space left on device even though there is!

Here is the output of df:

/dev/simfs 157286400 6511452 150774948 5% /
none 16441412 4 16441408 1% /dev
tmpfs 5242880 1296 5241584 1% /disk/test
tmpfs 5242880 1296 5241584 1% /disk/test


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Ubuntu :: Files Get Truncated On Write When No Space Left

Aug 3, 2010

If I run low on free space, and I/system need to write something, then the files are just truncated. With no way to revert to their previous content.

First I installed the Windows on the VirtualBox, it sucked up all free space, so I couldn't even login to the system afterwards.

Then I, once again, silently ran out of free space, and my php editor broke. Later I discovered that it tried to write its config files, but failed, truncating them all. I lost a half a year of configurations, custom color scheme and custom code snippets.

Then one day the system just froze. Later I understood, there wasn't enough free space for it to run.

Today I was working on my php script, for like the second day, when, again, free space ran out, so with another file-save, I got a wonderfully impressing blank php-file. It was auto-reloaded from the external change, which was failure to write to file, obviously, so no ctrl-z worked, leaving me with two days work wasted and an urge to hit the monitor

My questions are:
1 How can this be fixed? Besides the obvious awesome fix "watch your free space, buddy".
2 Could somebody explain why these sorts of things happen, just so I know why the ultra-safe and durable 'nix operating system wants to destroy itself sometimes?
3 Anyone else encountered this issue?

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Jan 20, 2011

cp: writing `/tmp/tmpX2KZDc/system.image': No space left on device However, when I right-click on properties, I see it has 51 items, totalling only 130.5 KB!this is a dual boot system with Win XP and Ubuntu 10.10 (~58Gb partition)Quote:

anil@anil-HP-EliteBook-8440p:/tmp$ mount
/dev/sda5 on / type ext4 (rw,errors=remount-ro,commit=0)
proc on /proc type proc (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev)


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Jan 31, 2010

Today I was installing a lot of software since I'm just setting up my Slackware system again after a fresh install, and I realized that my root partition has very little space left.

Here is the output of df -h:


As you can see, I have a 20G (19G here for some reason) root partition, 8G /var, and 86G of /home. I thought this would be plenty since many recent recommendations for / are 10-15G. Now, though, 17G are used up for some reason! How is this possible? I thought a full slackware install only had about 4G of software! I don't have any music or movies or any crazy huge files that I know of, and those would be in my /home directory anyway. Is there any way I can see which files are taking up all this space?

If it's necessary to allocate more space to my / partition, is it still possible to boot up a GParted live Cd, shrink /home a bit, move some partitions to the right, and expand my root partition? I would REALLY prefer I don't have to reinstall since I just spent a ton of time setting up my system again, but if worst comes to worst ... :'-(

In case you're curious, here's my /etc/fstab:


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Apr 21, 2010

i'm using Ubuntu virtual machine.latly, i've moved the VM image to other PC. something with the user privileges got wrong. i when i edit a file using nano for example from a simple user, it says: "no space left on device" but when i use

# sudo nano filename

it works.i used

#chmod 777 filename

and it still dosent work. i cant save/write to disk while i'm in the user account. but with sudo, or root account it works.

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Ubuntu :: Dpkg Error - No Space Left On Device

Feb 11, 2010

E: dpkg was interrupted, you must manually run 'sudo dpkg --configure -a' to correct the problem. Yes I tried 'sudo dpkg --configure -a' Should I do a reinstall.

"Setting up initramfs-tools (0.92bubuntu53) ...
update-initramfs: deferring update (trigger activated)

Processing triggers for initramfs-tools ...
update-initramfs: Generating /boot/initrd.img-2.6.31-17-generic

gzip: stdout: No space left on device update-initramfs: failed for /boot/initrd.img-2.6.31-17-generic dpkg: subprocess installed post-installation script returned error exit status 1"

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Jan 4, 2011

ibv4l2: error turning on stream: No space left on device

Webcam work in:
fps: 1/30

it works not perfect on guvcview

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Aug 20, 2010

I am currently running slackware 12.2 on a 25 GB partition. I like to use slackbuilds, but when I try to compile larger tarballs (like abiword, or a patched version of Ghostscript as I did today) I receive an error-message: 'Not enough space left on device'. I think the size of the partition must be big enough (I never got this message when compiling with Linux From Scratch). I think it has something to do with the size of my /tmp directory, but I don't know how to fix this. Is there a way to solve the problem, so that I could be able to use slackbuild-scripts?

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Jan 15, 2011

I have searched google for a couple of days, and I keep hearing about an INode limit on filesystems, but that doesn't seem to be the case.

Now whenever I try to download something, watch a ..... video, or listen to Pandora radio, it just stops playing after 2 seconds. Downloading says "No space left on device".I also get the error as root.I do have 5% and more free of HDD space. After reading the similar posts I checked all of this, so if I am overlooking something on the forum, I apologize for an extra post about.

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Ubuntu :: Cp -rfp Fails : "No Space Left On Device" - Error

Jan 19, 2011

I was running a python script tool and got this error. Exception: Command cp -Rfp /home/anil/mydroid/myfs/* /tmp/tmpX2KZDc failed (I am on dual boot ubuntu 10.10 with Win XP.) Here is a partial output from the console. Note the "No space left on device" error, when writing to /tmp.


mke2fs 1.41.12 (17-May-2010)
Filesystem label=android_fs
OS type: Linux


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Mar 16, 2010

I recently upgraded from Lucid to Maverick, which went fairly smooth. Then I upped my RAM with some new memory sticks (4Gb to 8Gb). Since about then, I'm seeing these errors in syslog:

Jun 6 22:23:52 howler console-kit-daemon[1224]: WARNING: Failed to add monitor on '/dev/tty2': No space left on device
Jun 6 22:23:59 howler console-kit-daemon[1224]: WARNING: Failed to add monitor on '/dev/pts/0': No space left on device
I also get errors when running "tail -f" as root:

tail: cannot watch `/var/log/syslog': No space left on device

I searched around and I found some other reports of the tail -f error, with the suggestion of increasing fs.inotify.max_user_watches. I set it to 16384, and that at first resolved the tail -f problem, but now I'm getting that error again even after upping max_user_watches.

I know swap is suggested to be approx. the same size as RAM, but with this upgrade RAM is now bigger than the 5.7G of swap.

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Fedora :: No Space Left On Device

Jul 31, 2010

I have an WD 1TB external hard disk. When I try to write any file to it - even a 1kb text file - I get the message "no space left on device". I cannot write to the disk at all anymore - not files, not directories.The drive is formatted as an NTFS drive. I use F13. I can read from the drive without any apparent problem. Would anyone know what's causing this problem?

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Apr 10, 2009

I am trying to copy some files onto a flash card. The first thing that i do is mount to the flash card:

mount /dev/sdc1 /mnt

then i try and copy a file

cp dev.bin /mnt

but i get a message saying:

cp: writing `/mnt/dev.bin': No space left on device

I was able to copy some files before but i cant seem to do it anymore.

how can i delete everything thats on the flash card so that i can copy files onto it?

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Apr 20, 2010

I've just upgraded to kubuntu 9.10, and I'm getting strange errors when trying to copy files onto my MP3 player, a SANSA M250 (2GB). df claims it's at 57% capacity (and the figures make sense for that, as well as having about the quantity of music which half fills the SANSA) but when I try to copy a file - from the command line, from exaile, or with the file manager, I get a "No space left on device" error:

$ df
Filesystem 1K-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda1 73939452 42184580 27998880 61% /
udev 512472 264 512208 1% /dev
none 512472 1752 510720 1% /dev/shm
none 512472 96 512376 1% /var/run
none 512472 0 512472 0% /var/lock
none 512472 0 512472 0% /lib/init/rw
/dev/sdc 1996000 1125056 870944 57% /media/SANSA M250
$ cp test.mp3 /media/SANSA M250/
CP: cannot create regular file `/media/SANSA M250/test.mp3': No space left on device
The MP3 being copied is 2MB in size so should fit easily.

There were no problems until upgrading, when I also moved from amarok to exaile - because amarok2 doesn't have the functionality I want from a player. But this happens even if exaile isn't running, so exaile shouldn't be the problem. How can I diagnose what's going on?

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Mar 15, 2016

Debian Version: 8.3 (Jessie) KDE (although this is NOT a desktop issue)
Basic Hardware:
Gigabyte Motherboard GA-970A-D3P
AMD 8350 CPU (8 cores)
750 WD Black SATA-6GB/s

I am getting "Error: No space left on device" regularly during updates or installs, but why. Here is data on the disks, filesystems, etc...

Code: Select all df -h
Filesystem      Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda1        81G   27G   50G  35% /
devtmpfs         16G     0   16G   0% /dev
tmpfs            16G   76K   16G   1% /dev/shm
tmpfs            16G   18M   16G   1% /run


Seems very doubtful that inodes are the killer.I have googled and followed all the threads, and search these forums and found nothing that fits - every answer there was focused on avaiolable space and inodes..And to make the cheese even more binding, the issue has cropped up on another 8.3 system with far more disk space (larger hard drives) and lots more unused inodes

Code: Select alldf -h
Filesystem                        Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/dm-0                         907G  6.6G  855G   1% /
udev                               10M     0   10M   0% /dev
tmpfs                             995M  9.2M  986M   1% /run
tmpfs                             2.5G   76K  2.5G   1% /dev/shm
tmpfs                             5.0M  4.0K  5.0M   1% /run/lock
tmpfs                             2.5G     0  2.5G   0% /sys/fs/cgroup


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CentOS 5 :: No Space Left On Device On Xfs Filesystem With 7.7TB Free

Mar 26, 2011

I'm running CentOS 5.2,on a 64-bit x86_64 Linux machine with kernel version 2.6.18-128.el5 smp. I appear to have version 2.9.4 of xfsprogs. I have a 22TB xfs filesystem ,Yesterday, the hard disk is full, today released a 7.7T disk space.But still can not write to new file. software ambience:

[root@Production data5]# uname -a
Linux Production 2.6.18-128.el5 #1 SMP Wed Jan 21 10:41:14 EST 2009 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux


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Apr 28, 2011

I was saving a few pictures, and I realized that none of them were actually being saved. I went to my home folder and I noticed that I only had 0 bytes left, then I deleted everything in my trash, got some space back, then it disappeared.

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Ubuntu :: Can't Login - Failed To Load Module 'dri' No Space Left On Device?

Jul 3, 2011

I'm unable to login to my Kubuntu Lucid. The login screen takes my password, blanks, then returns me to the login screen. I'm getting some graphics errors when running from recovery mode as well as the no space left on device error when attempting to start x from the terminal. Here are some outputs: When starting from recovery mode, selecting failsafeX from the Recovery Menu:


I've come to the conclusion that my root partition is full, but I'm not sure how to clear space, or how much to clear once I work out how to do it. I removed a few packages with apt, but it doesn't seem to have any effect. df -h shows that root is 100% full, yet it has 3GB free. I've grown comfortable with Ubuntu in the couple years I've been using it, yet this level of problem-solving is a bit nerve-wracking to me. I've been considering reinstalling (this machine is running Lucid upgraded from Karmic and Jaunty and has a few oddities), but I hate the idea of being forced to reinstall because I can't overcome this problem. If you need any other information or outputs from terminal commands, I'm happy to provide it.

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Aug 3, 2010

i'm sorting 8GB text file but came up with this error for an investigation

/tmp/sortA3aLjF: No space left on device

is there anyway that sort won't use /tmp?

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Nov 23, 2010

I'm using a large xfs partition on a large raid volume using 7 1TB drives. I am currently getting a "no space left on device" error message when creating files or directories. However I see the following output when checking space limitations.

df -h
[root@system]# df -h
Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/hdd3 18G 775M 16G 5% /
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Jun 30, 2011

For our workgroup I set up a server which is basically 10.04.2 with kernel 2.6.32-32-server on a SSD and all the data on a RAID 5 consisting of 4 2TB hard disks, thus a maximum of 6TB space for data on the RAID. Having multiple users with different amounts of data from different scientific data source I set up an lvm on top of the RAID

--- Physical volume ---
PV Name /dev/sdb2
VG Name home-data
PV Size 5,45 TiB / not usable 3,00 MiB


Here is the problem: The volume Genomes (or /genomes) is half full

sudo df -ah
1,9T 850G 920G 49% /genomes

but the system states it as full whenever I try to add more data (tried cp and rsync). There is no quota set to the volume (I have quotas in place for users home folders. These are only for max amount of disk space, not max file number, and I am still able to move/add files elsewhere so there seems to be no interference).

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Aug 17, 2010

i finally decided to updgrade from Hardy Heron to Lucid Lynx. for this i made a backup of my old install, then i couldnt find my Lucid CD so i used a Karmic one to partition my old ext3 to ext4. There were some errors but after trying a few times it worked. Installed Karmic, rebooted (worked fine), downloaded all updates - (did NOT reboot to let updates take effect) and upgraded to Lucid.

Everything went fine so far. Now when i try to boot into Lucid the system hangs, i've also got a windowsXP partition on there so i tried booting that, first grub tells me Error 29: Disk write error then trying again windows seems to boot but it takes much longer than it should and seems to hang.

Then i tried Karmic and Lucid LiveCD (which i found in the meantime) none of the LiveCDs make it to boot after about 20 minutes. (previously they worked fine)looking at the errors it seems to be something about the harddrive. Why the harddrive would stop the LiveCD booting is a mystery to me but the same messages appear when i select Recovery from the Grub menu so i guess the problem is related.


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Apr 29, 2010

Im getting an error:

Not Enough Disk Space.

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I think im getting this error because I didnt allocate enough space to the Ubuntu partition when I installed it. How do I allocate more space to the Ubuntu partition? If this is not possible, is it possible to install 10.04 from my Windows?

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Mar 2, 2011

I was going about tweaking it and preparing it to my needs, While installing through yum I dont have much other than the fact that I have to search for the packages. But when I open "Add/remove software" of Fedora. I am greeted with " No space left on the disk" and when I seek for more details it says " Disk Error :[errno 5] Input/output error"I did some research and I saw that it usually occurs during installation, but here I have successfully installed it.Can someone help me with it? Later on I even had notification of the same warning. And mind you I got loads of free space.

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Jun 4, 2011

When I tried to update my ubuntu it gave me the following error:
"The upgrade page needs a total of 19.9M free space on /boot. Please free atleast an additional 3624k of disk space on /boot. Empty your trash and remove temporary packages of former installations using sudo apt-get clean."
Why the packages require free space on /boot. How to empty trash. How to remove temporary packages of former installations using sudo apt-get clean.
Screenshot attached for reference.

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Sep 1, 2011

I am a beginner to Ubuntu & Linux. Some months back I installed ubuntu on a somewhat aged & slowed down acer laptop running win XP. Finally I tried running ubuntu a couple days ago & it's been pretty smooth, until this from update manager: Not enough free disk space

The upgrade needs a total of 615M free space on disk '/'. Please free at least an additional 296M of disk space on '/'. Empty your trash and remove temporary packages of former installations using 'sudo apt-get clean'. I guess I don't have to install these "important security updates", but it's probably best I do & learn how to use the file browser, terminal (Applications - Accessories - really, it's a little hidden), other important parts of ubuntu.

For downloading I have an external drive connected with 760 GB free - more than enough space for anything. I can also move files to this disk - do I maybe need to reboot into win xp to move files? I have no idea how to know which ubuntu files to remove for space - proc folder seems to have enough room, but should I just move it to the external drive? I can't seem to access the rest of the hard Drive where I could simply move a 4GB movie.

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Dec 4, 2008

I have been installing Fedora 8 Linux with already having Windows Xp as my primary OS....

I have a total of 80GB Hard disk.Out of 80 GB,I have freed 8GB for Linux.But during Installation after "selecting language for keyboard" and then choosing "Create Custom Layout", while giving partitions I have alotted 4GB for '/' and 2GB for Swap.

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It is showing the error msg as "Could not create partition as there is no space left for /(root)"...

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Aug 25, 2009

OS: RHEL AS 5 64-bit

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While installing OS, in partition window after OS file system structure I've left 277 GB. But after installation it shows Size - 255GB and available disk space is 242 GB.

Isn't it weired? How can I use the total amount of space in Linux? I need the whole 277GB exactly. What should be my workaround?

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Jul 2, 2010

I just tried to download a torrent and got an error message indicating there was no space left in the download location I'd specified.

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