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Mar 13, 2011

I used photorec to recover lost files and it brought up 70gb worth of files, when I was done looking through them I deleted these files. but these files still seem to be taking up my disk space. When I try to access my trash bin with root I get a message that reads...."The folder contents could not be displayed. sorry, could not display all the contents of "trash": operation not supported." if I open my trash bin when I'm not in root, the bin is empty.

How do I free up my disk space?

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Ubuntu Servers :: Deleted Log Files Taking Up Huge Disk Space?

Sep 7, 2010

My /var/ partition continues to fill up on all my servers, and it is because the logs in /var/log/apache2 or /var/log/mysql are being deleted during log rotate, but their file handles are being held open. Thus, a "du -sh /var/log" shows the correct values, but "df | grep /var" shows something much different.

It seems that the log files rotate, however if I run "lsof | grep deleted" it returns lots of files that are no longer visible in the directory, however refuse to clear themselves off the disk.

The only way I have found to make these log files go away (and thus clear up the disk space on the partition I should have) is to restart either apache or mysql, depending on which process has huge sized log files being held open.

Is it just me, or is this a big flaw in the way linux works, that it can't figure out how to release file handle for a log so the disk space can be reclaimed? This is happening to me a lot lately.

Here is some output from one of my web servers so you can see what I am seeing...

root@web49:~# df -h | grep /var$
Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda8 9.2G 6.1G 2.7G 70% /var
root@web49:~# du -sh /var


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May 3, 2010

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May 16, 2010

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Feb 22, 2010

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What I want to do is to find and change the config file that has to do with postfix email retrying - possibly limit this (not sure if this will fix my problem). Or, turn off /limit any way that postfix logs/caches emails so that it won't take up all the disk space when queued up for retry... Again, I'm totally lost here (on both what's going on, and how to fix it). I'm not sure what more information is needed to address this problem

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Apr 21, 2011

I have around 100 users. I want to take backup of files which are on desktop for every user. My user directory path is -: /home/dr/<user_name>/Desktop

1) Script has to run on a particular time everyday
2) Script has to take backup of all files present in "Desktop" directory
3) Make a tar with name "yyyy-mm-dd-desk-files"
4) Make directory outside "Desktop" with name "Desktop-Backup", if already exist then don't make this folder.
5) The tar have to moved in this folder.
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Jun 8, 2011

I have some confusion about one of my partition and the space it is taking. df -h output is given below;

# df -h
Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
494G 18G 452G 4% /


above information is showing that /var/lib/mysql partition total size is 379 GB and it is 68% used. However when I execute command du -sh /var/lib/mysql it shows following output.

# du -sh /var/lib/mysql
45G /var/lib/mysql

Now I want to know what files are taking space to make the partition 68% used. I want to list down all files in that partition with size.

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Jul 27, 2010

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May 2, 2011

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The installer's auto-partition manager said it was erasing two partitions. I thought, oh that must include some sort of swap drive then.The auto-partition manager said it was using 500Gb of space. I thought, well there's more HD space on my desktop than I thought.I recently acquired the machine. It was a hand-down.The installer said do you want to install Ubuntu with, over or beside whatever existing versions there are. I said, over. I wanted a clean install since my attempt at making Ubuntu do an upgrade install had already failed. This was clearly stupid of me. But it was not as stupid as issuing an O/S installer that did what this one did.

The installer completely wiped my external usb backup drive. Not only that, but it installed another instance of Ubuntu on it. The install routine actually installed two instances of Ubuntu 11.04: one on my local HD and one on my now erased external HD.Just to rub salt in the wound, the update manager only updates the version that's running: the version on my internal HD. The version the installer copied over my backup data is redundant.I have fortunately a second backup of most essential data. But the external HD contained data that was not copied elsewhere. It has been permanently erased. It will probably possible to retrieve this data from original sources at a considerable inconvenience. I do not know at this time whether and how much of the data that was erased is now lost forever and what the consequences of the loss would mean.

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May 2, 2011

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Oct 15, 2010

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Is there a way that I can limit the amount of space a specific folder can take up? Alternately, is it possible to create a disk image that will only take up the amount of space in the image, but can automatically expand to a certain size? It would work similar to the Mac SpaseBundle format.

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Jul 4, 2011

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Aug 29, 2011

I just used photorec to recover files from a 40GB laptop HDD. I saved the files to my video folder in my Home folder. Now my home folder is full. When I login to my computer, in about 30 second I get this error:

Quote: Oh no! Something has gone wrong. A problem has occurred and the system cant recover. Now I tried logging out, restarting, etc etc. Still get the error. I also did


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Jan 13, 2010

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I examined the problem, and determined that a huge amount of disk space is being taken up by files in /var/log/ The following files:


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What are some good ways to start to compress batches of them (or all of them) in the background given the limited space? The problem with compressing the folder all at once is that I wouldn't have enough disk space for that. It seems the process needs to be broken down into chunks. So maybe something like: Get a list of all the files Add a chunk of the files (say, 20) to a compressed archive. Once it is done and saved successfully, delete the chunk of files

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Aug 29, 2010

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I have a 320 GB HDD I use for data apart from the regular HDD for the OS. Of course when you go to format it, it's actually 298GB. So I made a 248 GB partition, ext4 for ubuntu data, and a 50GB partition for Windows.

It shows as 248.01 GiB in size in GParted, with 217.27 GiB used. 30.75GiB unused.

When I go to Computer, right click on the partition, click Properties, it says Total capacity 244.1 GB, 18.3 GB free, 225.8 GB Used.


1) Why does GParted show it as 248GB and the Properties as 244 GB?

2) More importantly: Why does Gparted show I've used 217.27 GBs, while the Properties show I've used 225.8 GB? What's going on there?

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Aug 7, 2010

I am working in ubuntu 9.x (linux karmic kernal) .I have restored the content from CD to hard disk. In the mid way of this process, it was failed. I would like to know this below thiongs,

1) which position it got failed ?

2)Any offset option is there in linux to point the particular CD position ?

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What I'm doing wrong?, or is that the vmlinuz is booting into RAM and taking most of the space?

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When I reinstalled ubuntu I chose to encrypt my home folder (something that i've never done before) but now that I know it doesn't really make a difference i'd like to decrypt it because the .encryptfs folder is taking up so much space i'm getting notifications every time I log in.

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